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    Posted: October 23 2014 at 6:39am

New MERS case in Saudi Arabia

MERS cases in Saudi Arabia reach 772, with 329 deaths

A 46-year-old Saudi Arabian man has become the 772nd case of MERS-CoV in that country since June 2012. An update from the Saudi Ministry of health (MOH) today lists his case as well as the death of a previously reported MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronovirus) case-patient.

The new case occurred in Medina. The man, who is hospitalized, is not a healthcare worker. He had no preexisting disease and no contact with animals, the MOH said.

The death occurred in a 56-year-old man in Taif. He was not a healthcare worker but did have preexisting disease. His death brings to 329 the total number of fatal cases in the current outbreak, according to the MOH.
Oct 22 MOH update

In related news, an epidemiologic update from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) today gives the total cases from all reporting countries as 906, with 361 deaths; these numbers do not reflect the new case and death in today's MOH report. The latest (Oct 16) World Health Organization (WHO) situation update listed 877 MERS cases worldwide, with at least 317 deaths.

ECDC's report notes a spate of cases in Saudi Arabia since Sep 1, listing 29 as the count, 15 of which have been in Taif. These followed a lull over the summer.

It also says that a MERS case in Austria earlier this month in a Saudi Arabian man and the first MERS case in Turkey, reported just days ago, also in a Saudi, "do not indicate a significant change in the epidemiology of the disease." It goes on to say, "Importation of MERS-CoV cases to the [European Union] remains possible. However, the risk of sustained human-to-human transmission remains very low in Europe."
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