SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016

Four more MERS cases confirmed in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health announced on Monday that four more cases of the Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) were confirmed in a 24-hour period.

Two of the cases, both men, were confirmed in Medina. One of the men had contact with another confirmed case of MERS-CoV in Saudi Arabia. Both patients are now hospitalized and in stable condition.

A 57-year-old woman in Jeddah was admitted to the hospital on May 26 after developing severe respiratory symptoms. The woman, who was already suffering from other ailments including kidney disease and diabetes, is currently in an intensive care unit.

A 42-year-old man from Al Jawf who suffers from renal stones was admitted to a government hospital on May 30 with respiratory symptoms. He died on Sunday.

Most cases of MERS-CoV are characterized by an acute respiratory illness with a cough, fever or shortness of breath. More than 450 cases of the disease were confirmed in Saudi Arabia as of May of this year. Approximately 30 percent of those who were confirmed to have the disease died.

Only two people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with confirmed cases MERS-CoV, both of whom traveled to Saudi Arabia.