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Saudi Arabia: MERS-CoV infects 32 since June 1 /update 3

Ministry of Health reports 32 cases of MERS-CoV since June 1 as of late September; take necessary precautions

06 Oct 07:50 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 10/5/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/13/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Riyadh). COUNTRY/REGION Saudi Arabia
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Event

The Saudi Ministry of Health announced that 32 confirmed cased of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) were reported in the kingdom between June 1 and late September. According to health officials, four cases were reported in Najran, two in Afif, two in Buraidah, and two in Riyadh.

Context

Known disease vectors of MERS-CoV transmission include camels and, in rare cases, other humans. Symptoms of MERS-CoV include acute respiratory issues (e.g., shortness of breath), fever, cough, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. No vaccine is currently available.

Advice

All those present in Saudi Arabia are advised to take the necessary measures to protect themselves against contact with animals and individuals suspected of carrying the illness. People exhibiting the above symptoms are advised to seek immediate medical attention.

 

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