Via CIDRAP, Lisa Schnirring writes: Five new MERS cases reported in 3 countries. Excerpt:
Five new Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infections, two fatal, were reported today in three countries, including the first one in Kuwait since November and another illness with links to camels. T
he Kuwaiti case was announced today in a disease update from the World Health Organization (WHO), which cited information it received from the country's health officials on Mar 18. Only the third case detected in the country so far, it involves a 60-year-old Syrian citizen who was hospitalized in Kuwait on Feb 13.
The WHO said the man, who had underlying health conditions, died on Mar 6 and that his MERS-CoV infection was confirmed on Mar 9.
Also, the WHO announced a second case, in a 68-year-old man from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who often visits Saudi Arabia, where he owns a camel farm. He got sick on Mar 7 and was hospitalized on Mar 11 with a finger injury, 5 days after he returned from Saudi Arabia.
The man, from Abu Dhabi, has underlying health conditions and has mild symptoms, the WHO said. His MERS-CoV infection was confirmed on Mar 17.
The other three cases today were reported by Saudi Arabia's health ministry. According to a machine-translation of a statement in Arabic posted on the ministry Web site, the patients are all from Riyadh and include a 71-year-old man, a 66-year-old man, and an 86-year-old whose gender wasn't clear and who died.
All three patients had underlying medical conditions, and the two survivors are being treated in intensive care units.