The National IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia notified the World Health Organization (WHO) on June 17 of two additional laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).
A 42 year old resident of Jeddah city, Mecca Region was admitted to a hospital in Jeddah for a medical condition on 26 May and was discharged on 4 June. The patient visited his physician as follow up in the same hospital on June 11. On June 13, he developed respiratory symptoms, was diagnosed with pneumonia and was re-admitted to the hospital. He was laboratory-confirmed with MERS-CoV on June 16. His condition deteriorated and he died on June 18.
A 58-year-old resident of Riyadh city, Riyadh Region became ill on June 4 and was admitted to a hospital on June 12. He was laboratory-confirmed with MERS-CoV on June 15. The patient is currently in a stable condition.
Further investigations and follow up of contacts are ongoing.
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