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May 28, 2013

May 28, 2013

Saudi Arabia reports 5 more MERS-CoV cases

(CIDRAP News) – Saudi Arabia reported today that five more people have been infected with the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), as if to underline yesterday's warning from the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) that the novel virus is a global threat.

May 29, 2013

May 29, 2013

More MERS-CoV deaths reported as clusters are profiled

(CIDRAP News) – Another Saudi Arabian has been infected with the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), while six others whose illnesses were previously announced have died, Saudi Arabian authorities and the World Health Organization announced today.

May 30, 2013

May 30, 2013

CDC to test samples from Jordan for MERS-CoV

(CIDRAP News) – Jordan's health ministry has sent 124 respiratory samples it collected from suspected Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) cases, none of which appear to be recent infections, to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for testing, the agency said today.

May 31, 2013

May 31, 2013

Italy resident has MERS after trip to Jordan

(CIDRAP News) – Italy announced its first Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) case today, in a man who recently spent time in Jordan, site of the first known MERS illnesses, according to media reports.

Jun 03, 2013

Jun 03, 2013

MERS-CoV: 2 more cases in Italy, 1 in Saudi Arabia

Two people in Italy who had contact with the country's first MERS-CoV case-patient are sick with the virus, while Saudi Arabia has another new case and three deaths in previously reported patients, health authorities reported over the weekend.

Jun 04, 2013

Jun 04, 2013

Saudi Arabia reports another MERS-CoV case

Saudi Arabia reported another person with a MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) infection today, as reports from Italy suggested that media stories of asymptomatic MERS-CoV infections there were probably a false alarm.

Jun 05, 2013

Jun 05, 2013

WHO, Saudi reports raise MERS-CoV count

The World Health Organization (WHO) today reported a MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) case in a 14-year-old Saudi girl, while Saudi Arabia announced another death in a previously reported case.

Jun 06, 2013

Jun 06, 2013

Italians test negative for MERS-CoV

An Italian health official reported today that 20 people who had contact with MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) patients in Italy have tested negative for the virus, while a US company announced it has made a potential vaccine for the novel pathogen.

Jun 07, 2013

Jun 07, 2013

WHO raises its MERS-CoV count to 55 cases, 31 deaths

The World Health Organization (WHO) today updated its global count of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) cases to 55, including 31 fatalities, by including a previously reported Saudi case as the country reported a new one.

Jun 10, 2013

Jun 10, 2013
Sunset in Medina, Saudi Arabia

WHO praises Saudis on MERS-CoV efforts, cites data gaps

The WHO praised the Saudis for their MERS-CoV response, but also noted that big gaps persist in the world's understanding of it.

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