WHO has issued Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – update. Excerpt:
On 9 April 2014, the Ministries of Health of Jordan notified WHO of an additional laboratory-confirmed case of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).
The patient is a 52 year-old man with underlying medical conditions. He visited Saudi Arabia from 20 to 29 March. He became ill on 25 March and visited a hospital in Jeddah. He returned to Jordan on 29 March and visited a hospital in Amman on the same day and on 2 April. He is currently in a stable condition.
The concerned authorities in Jordan are in contact with the concerned authorities in Saudi Arabia to follow up on all close contacts of the case.
Globally, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 212 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 88 deaths.