Saudi Arabia reports two new cases of MERS-CoV
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.