WHO has published Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – update. It's fairly long for a simple reason: It deals with seven cases, in far more detail than we usually get from the Saudis. Excerpt:
On 3, 5, 6, 8 and 10 July 2014, the National IHR Focal Point for Saudi Arabia reported an additional 7 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), and the death of a previously reported case.
Details of the case reported on 3 July are as follows:
A 55-year-old woman from Addawaser City, Riyadh Region who became ill on 25 June, was admitted to a hospital on 2 July and is currently in a stable condition. She was laboratory-confirmed with MERS-CoV infection on 3 July. She is reported to have an underlying medical condition. The patient’s husband owns a camel farm which she visits frequently. She is reported not to have consumed raw camel products in the 14 days prior to becoming ill. She is reported not to have contact with a previously laboratory-confirmed case with MERS-CoV infection. On 15 June, she travelled to Riyadh City where she stayed for a day.
Investigations into the contacts of the patient are ongoing.
Details of the two cases reported on 5 and 6 July are as follow:
A 52-year-old man residing in Jeddah City, Makkah Region. He became ill on 24 June and visited a private clinic but his condition did not improve. He was admitted to a hospital on 2 July with respiratory problems and renal failure and is currently in a critical condition. The patient was laboratory-confirmed with MERS-CoV infection on 4 July. He does not have a history of travel.
A 72-year-old man from Arar City, Northern Bordes Province. He became ill and was admitted to a hospital on 3 July. He was laboratory-confirmed with MERS-CoV infection on 5 July. The patient died on 6 July. He had multiple underlying medical conditions. He had no history of recent travel and did not have contact with a previously laboratory-confirmed case with MERS-CoV infection. The patient has no history of consumption of raw camel products.