Via the Centre for Health Protection: Three additional overseas cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome closely monitored by DH. Excerpt:
The Department of Health (DH) is today (March 13) closely monitoring three additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) (one case) and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) (two cases).
According to the WHO, the patient in the UAE is a man aged 68 with underlying illnesses from Abu Dhabi. He became ill on March 1 and was hospitalised on March 3. He is currently in stable condition. He had no travel history or contact with confirmed patients, but had contact with animals including camels in a farm which he owns and visits daily.
The cases in the KSA comprise a man aged 51, who became ill on February 28 and was hospitalised on March 2, and a woman aged 56, who became ill on February 17, was hospitalised on February 25 and died on March 3. Both are from the KSA's capital and had underlying illnesses. The male patient reported exposure to animals.
This brings the latest global number of confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome to 189, including 82 deaths.