SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016

Saudi Arabia reports two new cases of MERS-CoV

The Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health announced on September 5 two new confirmed cases of the MERS-CoV and two deaths from previously confirmed cases.

MERS-CoV is a new type of coronavirus that was discovered in 2012 by an Egyptian virologist. The disease evades innate immune responses and disrupts interferon production in the cells. The result is a severe acute pneumonia, which can eventually lead to renal failure and death.

The first new case is a 30-year-old man who works in the health sector in Riyadh. He is currently in the ICU receiving treatment.

The second case comes from a 47-year-old man who was in contact with a confirmed case in Hafr Al-Batin. He has suffered from various chronic diseases in the past and is now in the ICU receiving treatment.

Confirmed cases of MERS-CoV led to the death of a 41-year-old woman who had worked in the health sector in Riyadh and a 79-year-old woman from Hafr Al-Batin who was in contact with a confirmed case and had chronic diseases.