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WHO Confirms New MERS Cases In Saudi Arabia, Oman

“Three more people in Saudi Arabia have become infected with the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus and one has died, the [WHO] said on Thursday, and it also confirmed the first MERS case in Oman,” Reuters reports (Kelland, 10/31). “Globally, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 149 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 63 deaths,” a WHO update states (10/31). According to Xinhua, “preliminary epidemiological investigations revealed that [the man diagnosed with MERS in Oman] did not recently travel outside the country, said the WHO,” but “investigations are currently ongoing to determine what exposures might be responsible for his infection, it said” (11/1).