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WHO Reports Additional Laboratory-Confirmed MERS Case In Saudi Arabia

The WHO “said Monday it has been informed of an additional laboratory-confirmed case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in Saudi Arabia,” RTT News reports. “The patient was a 56-year-old woman from Saudi Arabia’s eastern region, who became ill on October 26 and died on October 30,” the news service writes, noting, “She had no contact with animals, but had contact with a previously laboratory-confirmed case” (11/4). “Globally, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 150 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 64 deaths,” the health agency notes in a press release, adding, “Based on the current situation and available information, WHO encourages all member states to continue their surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) and to carefully review any unusual patterns” (11/4).