Another MERS death in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) has announced five new MERS-CoV cases, one of them fatal.

Over the past two days there have been five new reported cases of MERS infections. One of these people, an 88 year old Saudi woman from Buraydah, has subsequently died.

The other cases of MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) included two males in their 50s in the capital city Riyadh and two elderly females from Buraydah in the north central part of the country.

One of the Riyadh patients is a 58 year old man who has an asymptomatic infection and is listed as a household contact of an earlier case. The other three infected people had primary exposure to the virus, meaning they are not thought to have contracted their infections from another patient. They are a 56 year old expat man in Riyadh who is in critical condition, an 87 year Saudi woman from Buraydah who is listed as stable, and a 70 year old Saudi woman from Buraydah who is also listed as stable.

The new cases raise Saudi Arabia’s MERS-CoV total to 1,527, including 636 deaths. Eleven people are still being treated.