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Saudi Arabia health officials reported a new case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in a 67-year-old man from Riyadh City. It is reported the man had contact with camels.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus
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This is the tenth MERS case of 2021 in the Kingdom and the 11th overall (one in the United Arab Emirates).

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is a virus transferred to humans from infected dromedary camels, according to the World Health Organization.

It is a zoonotic virus, meaning it is transmitted between animals and people, and it is contractable through direct or indirect contact with infected animals.

MERS-CoV has been identified in dromedaries in several countries in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. In total, 27 countries have reported more than 2,500 cases since 2012, leading to nearly 900 known deaths due to the infection and related complications.