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    Posted: October 07 2014 at 6:22am
Saudi Arabia reports 2 new MERS cases, 2 deaths

Two new MERS cases were confirmed in Taif, Saudia Arabia, in recent days, while the country's Ministry of Health (MOH) reported deaths in two other case-patients.

The first case of MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) infection was in a 60-year-old man who is being treated in an intensive care unit (ICU), the MOH reported on Oct 4. He is not a healthcare worker (HCW) but had recent exposure to camels. He also has preexisting disease, the agency said.

The other new case, reported today, is in a 69-year-old man who is also hospitalized in an ICU. He is not an HCW and likewise had preexisting disease. His animal-exposure history is under investigation.

Both men are Saudis. The MOH, as is typical, did not say whether the two cases were epidemiologically linked. Taif is in Mecca province.

Also, the MOH said yesterday that two other MERS patients had died, a 56-year-old Saudi man from Riyadh and a 40-year-old non-Saudi HCW in Taif. It's not clear whether the MOH had previously reported on their cases.

The cases and deaths bring the Saudi MERS-CoV totals to 757 cases and 322 deaths.
Oct 6 MOH update
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