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Most MERS Cases In New Riyadh Outbreak Linked To Misdiagnosed Woman, WHO Says

CIDRAP News: WHO details Riyadh hospital MERS outbreak as new UAE, Saudi cases noted
“The World Health Organization (WHO) [Tuesday] released more details about a MERS-CoV outbreak at King Khalid University Hospital in Riyadh, triggered by a woman whose illness wasn’t detected until after she was admitted to a vascular surgery ward. In other new MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) developments, the WHO said the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reported a new case and Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) announced a pair of new cases, both from Jeddah…” (Schnirring, 6/21).

Reuters: WHO says Saudi misdiagnosis caused MERS outbreak
“The wrong diagnosis of a woman suffering from the MERS coronavirus led to more than 49 other patients and medical staff being exposed to the disease in a Saudi hospital, the World Health Organization said in a statement on Tuesday…” (Miles, 6/21).

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