publication . Article . 2013

Epidemiological, demographic, and clinical characteristics of 47 cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus disease from Saudi Arabia: a descriptive study

Abdullah M. Assiri; Jaffar A. Al-Tawfiq; Abdullah A Al-Rabeeah; Fahad Alrabiah; Sami Al-Hajjar; Ali Albarrak; Hesham Flemban; Wafa N. Al-Nassir; Hanan H. Balkhy; Rafat F. Alhakeem; ...
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  • Published: 25 Jul 2013 Journal: The Lancet. Infectious Diseases, volume 13, issue 9, pages 752-761 (issn: 1473-3099, eissn: 1474-4457, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier Ltd.
Summary Background Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) is a new human disease caused by a novel coronavirus (CoV). Clinical data on MERS-CoV infections are scarce. We report epidemiological, demographic, clinical, and laboratory characteristics of 47 cases of MERS-CoV infections, identify knowledge gaps, and define research priorities. Methods We abstracted and analysed epidemiological, demographic, clinical, and laboratory data from confirmed cases of sporadic, household, community, and health-care-associated MERS-CoV infections reported from Saudi Arabia between Sept 1, 2012, and June 15, 2013. Cases were confirmed as having MERS-CoV by real-time RT-PCR. F...
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