By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

In Saudi Arabia, health officials have reported five Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) cases during the first two months of 2021.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus
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Of these five cases, all were primary cases, of whom three reported contact with camels. These five cases were reported in Riyadh (2), Makkah (2) and Eastern Province (1).

Of the five cases, three were fatal.

MERS is viral respiratory illness that was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and has since spread to several other countries (26).

Most people confirmed to have MERS-CoV infection have had severe respiratory illness with symptoms of: fever, cough and shortness of breath.

Some people also had diarrhea and nausea/vomiting. For many people with MERS, more severe complications followed, such as pneumonia and kidney failure. About 3 or 4 out of every 10 people reported with MERS have died. Most of the people who died had a pre-existing medical condition that weakened their immune system, or an underlying medical condition that hadn’t yet been discovered.

Since April 2012 and as of 1 March 2021, 2,586 cases of MERS-CoV, including 939 deaths, have been reported by health authorities worldwide.