TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

Saudi Arabia reports two new cases of MERS-CoV

The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health reported two new cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus on Thursday, including one death.

The ministry said within the framework of constant monitoring and epidemic surveillance of MERS-CoV, there were two new cases recorded as of Thursday. The first case occurred in a 58-year-old male in Al-Ahsa with a history of chronic disease. The ministry said the patient was receiving proper treatment and wished him a speedy recovery.

The second case occurred in an 81-year-old female in Riyadh with a history of chronic disease. The patient passed away as a result of the illness.

In an update on February 7, the World Health Organization said there were a total of 182 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 79 deaths. The total did not include any cases reported worldwide after February 3.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MERS-CoV is a viral respiratory illness caused by a beta coronavirus. Like the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus that caused an outbreak in 2003, MERS-CoV is similar to coronaviruses found in bats.

Symptoms of MERS-CoV include shortness of breath, cough and fever. Some patients suffered only a mild respiratory illness as a result of infection. There is no vaccine for MERS-CoV.