No fresh Mers case in Saudi in 25 days
Jeddah, August 4, 2014
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health has reported no fresh case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (Mers-CoV) in the past 25 days, said a report.
It also claimed that two patients made a full recovery from the infection this week among a total of 396 patients who have fully recovered since the breakout in September 2012, said the Arab News report.
Meanwhile, a female medical worker in Jeddah died on the last day of Ramadan from the virus, bringing the death toll to 298, it said.
Adel Fakeih, the health minister, confirmed that ‘precautionary measures are still in force,’ and that the ministry is taking the downward trend of the virus very seriously.
The virus, which is thought to originate in camels, causes coughing, fever and pneumonia. It has an incubation period of about two weeks and testing by the authorities can take several days, said the report.
Saudi Arabia and the World Health Organization, having not imposed a travel or other restrictions due to the virus for the upcoming Haj, have encouraged very young and old pilgrims and those suffering from chronic diseases to not come this year, it added.