WHO issues update on MERS-CoV

The World Health Organization issued an update on Thursday on the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus.

The WHO said it was informed that there have been three additional laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS-CoV in Saudi Arabia. One of the patients is a 67-year-old woman from Riyadh who had no known exposure to animal or case confirmed MERS-CoV infections. The other two patients, both women, are health care workers from the Assir and Riyadh regions.

A total of 94 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS-CoV infection and 46 MERS-CoV deaths have occurred since September.

The WHO asked all member states to be vigilant on the current situation. Member states should also be particularly aware of severe acute respiratory infections and review any strange patterns.

Health care providers were asked to watch for the symptoms of MERS-CoV. Along with doctors, recent travelers that are returning from the Middle East should be tested for MERS-CoV if they develop SARI.

All member states should assess and notify the WHO of any new cases of MERS-CoV infection. Member states should pass along any information about potential exposure to the infection and quickly identify the infection's source.