The WHO announces four MERS cases from Saudi Arabia in recent weeks


A recent disease outbreak alert released by the World Health Organization (WHO) reported four laboratory-confirmed cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) from three regions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

the WHO reported four recent Middle East respiratory syndrome cases from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. All four patients exhibited non-severe symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath, and cough; no secondary cases were detected during the follow-up.

The WHO advised precautionary measures to healthcare workers involved in caring for patients to reduce the risk of human-to-human transmission. Furthermore, individuals with underlying conditions that make them susceptible to severe MERS-CoV infections were advised to avoid places where they could come in contact with infected dromedary camels. Currently, the WHO has not recommended any travel or trade restrictions.