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The annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca begins on Wednesday.
In a report on an imported case from 2015, Thai researchers spelled out some of the clinial and lab challenges in diagnosing MERS-CoV.
So far nine cases have been reported in the cluster, though illness reports continue from other parts of Saudi Arabia.
In other developments, a WHO risk assessment covering events through July said three recent Riyadh hospital outbreaks are over.
Lack of early identification and not using infection protocols fuel spread.
"If we can eradicate the empirical use of antibiotics . . . we can achieve a lot," Zowawi says.
In other MERS-CoV news, following a surge of hospital-related cases from Riyadh, new cases in Saudi Arabia seem to be slowing, with one illness reported over the past 6 days.
The hospital clusters involve 23, 6, and 4 cases, with the first two connected by an infected patient.
In related news, a new study finds that bats harbor thousands of coronaviruses.
Officials are responding to several small healthcare clusters in the city.
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