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The National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 6 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 3 deaths during the first two weeks of February.

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Details of the cases

  • An 80-year-old male from Alkharj city developed symptoms on 6 February and, on 13 February, was admitted to hospital. The patient, who had comorbidities, tested positive for MERS-CoV on 14 February. He passed away on 16 February. Investigation of history of exposure to the known risk factors in the 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms is ongoing.
  • A 75-year-old male from Alkharj city developed symptoms on 8 February and, on 10 February, was admitted to hospital. The patient, who had comorbidities, tested positive for MERS-CoV on 12 February and, on the same day, passed away. He had a history of frequent contact with camels and consumption of their raw milk. The patient had no history of exposure to other known risk factors in the 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms. The Ministry of Agriculture was notified and is now conducting investigations.
  • A 34-year-old male from Najran city developed symptoms on 1 February and, on 10 February, was admitted to hospital. The patient, who had no comorbidities, tested positive for MERS-CoV on 11 February and, on the same day, passed away. Investigations showed no clear history of exposure to the known risk factors in the 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms.
  • A 41-year-old male from Alkharj city developed symptoms on 3 February and, on 10 February, was admitted to hospital. The patient, who has no comorbidities, tested positive for MERS-CoV on 11 February. Currently, he is in stable condition in a negative pressure isolation room in a ward. The patient has a history of contact with a laboratory-confirmed MERS-CoV patient (see below – case no. 6). He has no history of exposure to other risk factors in the 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms.
  • A 78-year-old male from Taif city developed symptoms on 31 January and, on 2 February, was admitted to hospital. The patient, who has comorbidities, tested positive for MERS-CoV on 3 February. Currently, he is in stable condition in a negative pressure isolation room. The patient has a history of consumption of raw camel milk in the 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms. He has no history of exposure to other known risk factors in the 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms. The Ministry of Agriculture was notified and is now conducting investigations.
  • A 43-year-old, non-national male from Riyadh city developed symptoms on 21 January. On 31 January, he was admitted to hospital and, on the same day, tested positive for MERS-CoV . Currently, the patient, who has no comorbidities, is in stable condition in home isolation. Investigations showed no clear history of exposure to the known risk factors in the 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms.

Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases.

Globally, since September 2012, WHO has been notified of 1,644 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including at least 590 related deaths.

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