Saudi Arabia has confirmed two more Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) cases, one of them fatal, according to a translated statement from the health ministry 19 Nov, while media reports said a patient in Qatar has died.
Also, a Saudi health official said that sequencing of MERS-CoV isolates from an ill Saudi camel and its owner may be completed soon.
The Saudi health ministry said a 73-year-old woman in Riyadh is the latest citizen to die of the illness, according to a machine translation posted on the Avian Flu Diary blog. It said she had several chronic diseases.
The other new case-patient is a 65-year-old male citizen from the Jawf region, who also has chronic diseases. He was taken to Riyadh for treatment in an intensive care unit. No other details were provided. Jawf province is in northern Saudi Arabia and borders Jordan.
The health ministry’s MERS-CoV page currently lists 129 cases and 54 deaths in Saudi Arabia.
The full article may be accessed at http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2013/11/saudi-arabia-reports-2-more-mers-cases
Nov 19 Avian Flu Diary post with Saudi statement on new cases
Nov 19 machine translation of KUNA report on Qatar patients
Nov 19 WHO FAQ article on MERS-CoV
Nov 19 WHO guidance on contact investigations