Saudi Arabia reveals 113 previously undisclosed cases of Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 10 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3822
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1Montreal

Saudi Arabia has revised its figures sharply upwards for cases of the Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus in spring 2014, showing that the epidemic has been larger and deadlier than previously believed.

A Saudi review of the illness’s progress throughout March and April found 113 previously undisclosed cases, bringing the country’s total since 2012 to 688 cases. Of these, 92 have ended in death—a far higher proportion than among previously reported cases from the same period. As a result the global number of reported MERS cases to date has risen by 20%, and the number of reported deaths has jumped by 48%.

Within Saudi Arabia the fatality rate among MERS cases rose from 32% …

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