SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016

First case of MERS-CoV in 2014 reported in Qatar; Saudi Arabia confirms three new cases

Qatar recently reported its first Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) case of 2014 and Saudi Arabia has confirmed three new cases in men who are not are health care workers.

Qatar's Supreme Council of Health said its case is a 71-year-old Qatari man who fell ill while in Saudi Arabia, according to a report in Qatar newspaper The Peninsula.

The new case raises Qatar's MERS-CoV count to 10, including five that resulted in death. The last case was reported in November.

In Saudi Arabia, a 50-year-old expatriate in Najran is hospitalized, but not in an intensive care unit, and has no underlying medical conditions.

The second patient, a 70-year-old Saudi man from Taif in Mecca Province, had his MERS-CoV infection confirmed on Sunday. He is in an intensive care unit (ICU) and has pre-existing disease.

The third patient is a 44-year-old national from Riyadh He also has pre-existing disease and is in an ICU.

The three men did not report recent animal exposure.

Saudi Arabia has detected 762 MERS cases that have resulted in 324 deaths.

On Saturday, the Ministry of Health reported that a 65-year-old Saudi man in Taif has recovered from a previously confirmed case of MERS-CoV.

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