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WHO adds info on 15 Saudi MERS cases

March 23, 2015, Of 15 recent MERS-CoV cases in Saudi Arabia detailed in an update by the WHO today,

MerscovOf 15 recent MERS-CoV cases in Saudi Arabia detailed in an update by the WHO today, 11 involved serious infections and 6 involved potential exposure to the virus in healthcare settings.

The patients, 10 of whom are from Riyadh, developed symptoms from Feb 23 to Mar 7. They range in age from 30 to 72, and eight are men. Eleven had pre-existing disease, and 12 are Saudi nationals. Six are listed in critical condition, four are in stable condition, and five died.

Six patients had potential MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) exposure in hospitals, and one had contact with a MERS patient in the community. Two of the possibly healthcare-exposed patients were healthcare professionals.

In addition to the 10 cases in Riyadh, the cities of Buraydah, Hofuf, Kurma, Shaqra, and Unayzah had 1 case each.

Saudi Arabia has not reported a new MERS-CoV case since Mar 17, according to the country's Ministry of Health (MOH). It has, though, reported two recent deaths in previously reported cases, on Mar 18 and today, both in male Saudi nationals in Riyadh.

The death reported on Mar 18 involved a 75-year-old, and the one today involved a 63-year-old. Neither were health workers, and both had preexisting disease. The MOH on Mar 18 also reported that a 56-year-old Saudi man in Riyadh recovered from the disease, and today it noted that a 21-year-old male expatriate in Riyadh also recovered.

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