The Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of three laboratory-confirmed cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), including two deaths from 13 September 2022 to 12 August 2023.
The cases were reported from Riyadh, Asser, and Makkah Al Mukarramah regions. All three cases were non-health-care workers, who presented with fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and had comorbidities.
Of the three cases, two had a history of contact with dromedary camels and all three cases had a history of consumption of raw camel milk in the 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms. All three cases were male, and aged 42, 83, and 85 years respectively.
No secondary cases were identified.
Since the first report of MERS-CoV in KSA in 2012, human infections have been reported from 27 countries, in all six WHO regions. Of the reported 2605 cases, the majority of MERS-CoV cases (2196; 84%) have been reported from KSA, including these newly reported cases. Of the 937 deaths reported from 27 countries, a total of 856 (91%) deaths have been reported from KSA, including the newly reported deaths.