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    Posted: December 29 2014 at 7:01pm
Jordan, Saudi Arabia report MERS-CoV cases

Jordan and Saudi Arabia reported three new Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) cases over the past 5 days, according to media and government sources.

Few details were available about Jordan's latest case, other than that the patient is a man who is an "Arab national" who is in stable condition at a private hospital, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported on Dec 25, citing an official from Jordan's health ministry. The latest case pushes Jordan's MERS-CoV case count to 12, of which 6 were fatal.

In Saudi Arabia, the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Dec 26 announced two more infections, involving a 31-year-old woman from Riyadh who is in critical condition and a 70-year-old man from Qurait in the northwestern part of the country who is in stable condition.

Officials are investigating if the man had animal exposure, but no exposure was listed for the woman. Neither was thought to have had contact with confirmed or suspected cases in the hospital or in the community. Both had underlying health conditions. The two new infections boost Saudi Arabia's total to 824 cases, including 355 deaths.

In a related development, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Dec 26 posted additional details about three case reports it received from Saudi Arabia between Dec 8 and 16. Illness onsets ranged from Dec 1 through Dec 10. Two of the patients are men, ages 61 and 70, from different cities who have underlying conditions and have a history of frequent contact with camels and often consumed raw camel products. Neither had been exposed to other known risk factors in the 14 days before they got sick. One of the men died, and the other is in critical condition.

The third patient is a 29-year-old foreign woman who got sick after she had contact with a MERS-CoV case-patient while she was working in an isolation ward in Taif. She is hospitalized in stable condition. The WHO said it has been notified of 941 lab-confirmed cases, of which at least 347 were fatal.
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