WHO has published Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – update. Excerpt:
On 3 and 15 February 2014, the Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia announced two additional laboratory-confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection.
Details of the cases provided to WHO are as follows:
A 22-year-old man from the Eastern Region. He became ill on 3 February and was hospitalised on 9 February and died on 12 February 2014. The patient had an underlying medical condition. He had no reported history of contact with animals or a previously laboratory-confirmed case.
A 67-year-old man from Riyadh. He became ill on 23 January and was hospitalised on 25 January. The patient had an underlying medical condition. He had no reported history of contact with animals or with a previously laboratory-confirmed case.
Globally, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 184 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 80 deaths.