WHO has published Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – update. Excerpt:
On 26 February and 6 March 2014, the Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia announced an additional two laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).
Details of the case announced on 26 February are as follows:
• A 56 year-old woman from Riyadh region with underlying medical conditions. She became ill on 12 February and was admitted to a hospital on 22 February 2014. The patient had no known contact with animals or with previously laboratory-confirmed case.
Details of the case announced on 6 March are as follows:
• An 86 year-old man from Riyadh region with no reported symptoms of illness. He is reported to have had contact with a previously laboratory-confirmed case.
Globally, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 191 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 82 deaths.