There has been no fresh case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the past 25 days, the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health (MOH) announced. However, health officials continue to take the MERS outbreak seriously and continue to take appropriate precaution, according to an Arab News report today.

Image/Maureen Metcalfe; Azaibi Tamin
Image/Maureen Metcalfe; Azaibi Tamin

In addition, Saudi health officials say despite concerns of a greater spread of the virus, they reported 10 confirmed cases of MERS during Islam’s fasting month of Ramadan, and subsequent Eid al-Fitra holiday.

According to the European Centre of Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), since April 2012, and as of 31 July 2014, 853 cases of MERS-CoV have been reported by local health authorities worldwide, including 331 deaths.

The breakdown by country is as follows: Saudi Arabia: 721 cases/298 deaths, United Arab Emirates: 73 cases/9 deaths, Qatar: 7 cases/4 deaths, Jordan: 18 cases/5 deaths, Oman: 2 cases/2 deaths, Kuwait: 3 cases/1 death, Egypt: 1 case/0 deaths, Yemen: 1 case/1 death, Lebanon: 1 case/0 deaths, Iran: 5 cases/2 deaths, UK: 4 cases/3 deaths, Germany: 2 cases/1 death, France: 2 cases/1 death, Italy: 1 case/0 deaths, Greece: 1 case/1 death, Netherlands: 2 cases/0 deaths, Tunisia: 3 cases/1 death, Algeria: 2 cases/1 death, Malaysia: 1 case/1 death, Philippines: 1 case/0 deaths and the United States of America: 2 cases/0 deaths.

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