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WHO Confirms 5 New MERS Cases In Saudi Arabia

The WHO on Thursday “confirmed five more Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) cases in Saudi Arabia, including two deaths, with three of them dating back to September 18,” CIDRAP News reports. “The WHO confirmations raise the agency’s MERS-CoV tally to 144 cases with 62 deaths,” according to the news service (Roos, 10/24). “Based on the current situation and available information, WHO urged all member states to continue their surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) and carefully review any unusual patterns,” RTT News writes (10/24).

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