25 June 2016
RIYADH: The Ministry of Health reported Friday two deaths and two fresh cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) during the last two days.
According to an official from the Ministry of Health, the deaths were in Najran and Madinah where two men aged 82 and 68 years respectively died.
The two fresh cases of the infection were those of a 55-year-old Bangladeshi who was a primary case of the disease in Jeddah and 25-year-old Saudi woman diagnosed as a secondary case in Riyadh.
Medical reports said both patients are out of danger and their condition is stable.
With the latest reporting, the number of cases in the Kingdom since June 2012 has risen to 1,400 which included 596 deaths. A total of 13 patients are currently under treatment at various hospitals in the Kingdom.
Director of public administration for infection control at the Ministry of Health, Hayel Al-Abdali, said that the World Health Organization has commended the efforts of the ministry in containing the disease within the Kingdom. t
“MERS is linked to the community in Saudi Arabia, the environment (camels) and exposure, and some patients develop it and move on to hospitals, where there is a fertile environment for transmission because of overcrowding in emergency departments, especially since some symptoms are still not clear and may resemble the flu or bacterial pneumonia,” he explained.