The World Health Organization (WHO) were notified of 15 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 5 deaths from the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health Between 3 and 10 March 2015.

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

Details of the 15 cases can be found HERE

In addition, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia also notified WHO of the death of 5 previously reported MERS-CoV cases. The cases were reported in previous DONs on 11 March (case n. 8), on 6 March (case n. 5) and on 23 February (cases n. 36, 38) on 16 February (case n. 2).

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

Globally, WHO has been notified of 1075 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including at least 404 related deaths.

According to the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health on Saturday, there has been 959 confirmed MERS cases reported from the kingdom since June 2012. 522 people have recovered from their illness, 19 cases are considered current and 418 deaths have been recorded.