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WHO, Saudi Arabia update MERS case information

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Healthcare workers are among the latest MERS-CoV patients reported from Saudi Arabia.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently recognized the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) case reported recently in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), while the latest sketchy reports from Saudi Arabia describe five recent cases there, including three in healthcare workers.

In a Dec 22 statement, the WHO confirmed a MERS case in a 68-year-old UAE man, previously reported by the media. The man had a cough when he was hospitalized Dec 14 for joint replacement surgery, and he was moved to an intensive care unit (ICU) Dec 16 because of rapid deterioration, the agency said. His MERS-CoV infection was confirmed Dec 19.

The patient, who has underlying medical conditions, has no recent history of travel or of contact with animals or other MERS patients, the WHO reported. Investigation of his family and healthcare contacts was continuing.

The UAE case raised the WHO’s MERS-CoV count to 166 cases and 71 deaths.

A recent English-language statement from the Saudi Ministry of Health (MOH) reported four MERS cases, including one death, and appeared to match up with an earlier machine-translated statement that surfaced Dec 20. An Agence France-Presse (AFP) story published today cites five Saudi cases, at least three of which appear to be those cited in the English-language MOH statement.

The latter statement, officially dated Dec 20, reports cases in:

  • A 73-year-old Saudi man who succumbed to the illness
  • A 53-year-old Saudi man who has chronic illnesses and was in an ICU
  • Two “female residents”—foreign nationals—who work in healthcare and had contact with a MERS patient; the statement gives no ages or other details

Today’s AFP story cited a statement on the Saudi MOH Web site as the source of its information on the five cases, all of which were reported in Riyadh. They involve:

  • A 73-year-old Saudi man who died of the illness
  • A 57-year-old Saudi who has chronic illnesses and is being treated in an ICU
  • A 27-year-old Saudi health worker
  • Two foreign health workers: a 43-year-old woman and a 35-year-old man

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Saudi women activists get jail time for helping starving mother locked in home

Published time: June 19, 2013 01:56

AFP Photo / Fayez Nureldine

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A Saudi court sentenced two women to ten months in prison, along with a two-year travel ban, after they tried to help a Canadian woman who, with her three children, was denied adequate food and water and was subjected to violence by her Saudi husband.


On June 6 2011, the two human rights workers Wajeha al-Huwaider and Fawzia al-Oyouni received a text message from Nathalie Morin, the Canadian woman, saying that her husband had locked the whole family in the house and left for a week-long visit to see relatives in another town while her supplies of food and water were running out, according to Human Rights Watch.

“I cannot help myself and I have no rights in Saudi Arabia. My children are hungry and I cannot do anything to feed them. I’m fighting to get freedom, justice and fairness for my family including myself,” Morin wrote on her blog.

The two bought food and came to Morin’s house, where police were already waiting for them. The women were brought to Damman station for questioning, where police told al-Huwaider and al-Oyouni they believed they were trying to smuggle Morin and her three children to Canada, Human Rights Center reports.

After the women signed a statement pledging to cease all involvement with the case, the police released them. However, more than a year later in July 2012, authorities called in al-Huwaider and al-Oyouni for questioning, after which the government launched a case against them.

The trial continued for another year, and last Saturday presiding judge Fahad al-Gda’a issued a ruling sentencing the two human rights workers to ten months in prison, imposing an additional two-year travel ban on top of the jail time. The charges were “inciting a woman to flee with her children” and “attempting to turn a woman against her husband.” The women were acquitted of charges that they had attempted to smuggle the wife and her three children to the Canadian Embassy in Riyadh.

Al-Huwaider and al-Oyouni plan to challenge the ruling in the Court of Appeals.

The same day the two women issued a statement that when the case was launched, they predicted that the government was trying to punish them for their women’s rights activism in recent years. 


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Saudi Arabia: Activists Convicted For Answering Call For Help, Says HRW

June 18, 2013

By Eurasia Review

A Saudi court convicted two Saudi women’s rights activists on June 15, 2013, for trying to help a woman flee the country. Wajeha al-Huwaider and Fawzia al-Oyouni were each sentenced to 10 months in prison and two-year travel bans.

Al-Huwaider, a member of the Human Rights Watch Middle East advisory committee, told Human Rights Watch that she believes authorities pursued this case to punish her for unrelated women’s rights activism over the last 10 years. Al-Huwaider and al-Oyouni said they intend to appeal their convictions.

“Saudi authorities are using the courts to send a message that they won’t tolerate any attempt to alleviate the dismal status of women’s rights in the kingdom,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Saudi authorities should immediately drop this case and stop harassing Saudi women who call for reform.”

Al-Huwaider told Human Rights Watch that her and al-Oyouni’s involvement with the Canadian woman began in 2009, when she received messages from Johanne Durocher, the woman’s mother, who is in Canada, pleading for activists to help her daughter, Natalie Morin. Morin is married to a Saudi citizen, Sa’eed al-Shahrani, and lives with him and their three children in the Eastern Province city of Dammam.

Durocher told them that al-Shahrani, a former police officer, was abusing Morin by locking her in their house and denying her adequate food and water. Durocher had helped draw international media attention to the case in 2009 by lobbying Canadian government officials to intervene and organizing protests over the case in Canada.

Al-Huwaider said that she and al-Oyouni organized several trips by other activists to deliver food and supplies to the woman, but that they did not attempt to visit Morin until the afternoon of June 6, 2011, when they received distressed messages from Morin herself. The messages said that Morin’s husband had left for a week-long visit to see relatives in another town and that her supplies of food and water were running out. When al-Huwaider and al-Oyouni approached the house to offer assistance they were confronted by police who were apparently waiting for them to arrive. The officers immediately arrested them and took them to a Damman police station for questioning.

The police told al-Huwaider and al-Oyouni that they believed they had gone to Morin’s home to help her and her three children, all Canadian citizens, to escape to Canada.

Police released al-Huwaider and al-Oyouni after midnight on June 7, after they signed a statement pledging to cease all involvement with the case and to allow the government-affiliated National Human Rights Commission and Canadian Embassy to investigate. The Damman branch of the National Commission on Human Rights declined to intervene, stating that there was insufficient evidence to conclude that al-Shahrani was mistreating Morin and their children. Canadian government officials have maintained since 2009 that this case is a private matter that must be resolved by Saudi authorities.


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Leading Rights Group Shuttered, Harsh Sentences on Politically-Motivated Charges


(Beirut) – The harsh sentences against leading Saudi rights advocates and an order to shutter a civil and political rights group are major setbacks for rights in Saudi Arabia. Saudi authorities should release and drop charges against the two leading human rights activists sentenced to long prison terms after a Specialized Criminal Court convicted them on politically-motivated charges on Saturday.

The activists, Mohammed al-Qahtani and Abdulla al-Hamid, are co-founders of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA), a rights organization that has called for greater civil rights in the kingdom. They faced charges including “destabilizing security by calling for protests,” “spreading false information to outside sources,” “undermining national unity,” and “setting up an illegal human rights organization.” The two activists have been sentenced solely for their peaceful advocacy of reform and criticism of human rights violations.

“This is simply an outrageous case, which shows the extremes Saudi authorities are prepared to go to silence moderate advocates of reform and greater respect for human rights”, said Eric Goldstein, Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa Division at Human Rights Watch. “The Saudi authorities should immediately release al-Qatani and al-Hamid, drop the charges against them, and end political trials before the Specialized Criminal Court.”

The Specialized Criminal Court began trying the two activists in June 2012. At first, their trials were separate and they were conducted behind closed doors, like most other trials before the Specialized Criminal Court. The judge, however, decided to merge the two cases after their first sessions. The trial continued on camera until the fifth and last session, when the judge finally opened the proceedings and allowed the presence of media, lawyers, and rights activists, who attended in the presence of members of the security forces.

At the final session on Saturday, according to Sabq newspaper, the judge read through the charges at length and likened the activists’ beliefs to those of terrorists, claiming that “calling for a change of the name of the kingdom cannot possibly be reformist.” The newspaper also reported that presiding judge Hammad al-Omar told al-Hamid, after he remarked on the lack of independence of the court, not to question the validity of the sentences, warning him that “judges may add what crimes they deem necessary to the charge list.”



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More MERS-CoV cases reported in Saudi Arabia

Jun 14, 2013 (CIDRAP News) – The trickle of MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) cases continued today with Saudi Arabia reporting three more, including a fatal one, pushing the unofficial global count over 60.

The Saudi Ministry of Health (MOH) said two of the cases are in Taif governorate, which lies near Mecca in the western part of the country. They involve a 65-year-old Saudi citizen and a 68-year-old female citizen, both of whom have chronic illnesses and are in hospital intensive care units. The ministry didn’t say if the patients are related or otherwise epidemiologically linked.

The other case-patient, a 46-year-old male “resident” in Wadi Al-Dawasir, died today, the MOH said. Wadi Al-Dawasir is a town in Riyadh province in the country’s central highlands. The statement gave no other details about the patient.

All three cases occurred far from the Al-Ahsa region of eastern Saudi Arabia, where most of the country’s recent cases have been reported, including a hospital-centered outbreak involving 25 cases and 14 deaths.

The new cases raise the MOH’s posted MERS-CoV count to 46, including 28 deaths. They also boost the unofficial global count to 61 cases and 34 deaths.

As Saudi Arabia announced the three new cases today, the World Health Organization issued a statement recognizing the three cases that the country reported 2 days ago. Those involve a 63-year-old woman from the Eastern region, a 75-year-old man from Al-Ahsa governorate, and a 21-year-old man from Hafar Al-Batin governorate who died.

The Saudi announcement of those cases on Jun 12 listed the two older patients as Saudi citizens and the young man as a resident. With the three cases, the WHO’s MERS-CoV tally rose to 58 cases and 33 deaths. (The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] raised its own count today to 61 cases and 34 deaths.)

In other developments, Italy has detected no more MERS-CoV cases after monitoring contacts of its first three patients for 2 weeks, according to a machine-translated government statement that was cited by Michael Coston of the Avian Flu Diary blog. The incubation period for the virus is currently estimated at 9 to 12 days.

Italy’s first case was in a 45-year-old hotel worker who fell ill after returning to Italy following a 40-day stay in Jordan; his illness was reported on May 31. Subsequently the man’s 2-year-old niece and a 42-year-old female coworker were infected, according to earlier reports. The three were hospitalized in Florence.

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Epidemic Hazard in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, 02 May, 2013 at 07:12 (07:12 AM) UTC.


Updated: Thursday, 06 June, 2013 at 02:08 UTC
Medical authorities across the Arab world are on alert particularly in Saudi Arabia, where the victims from the new SARS virus have reached 25. Another 39 cases have been confirmed and another 1300 suspected cases have been reported. Foad Aodi, president of the association of foreign doctors in Italy ( AMSI) and Comai, which represents the Arab world in Italy, are both concerned. Two deaths have been reported in Jordan, another in the United Arab Emirates, one in Tunisia and one in London. Now there are concerns about the threat to the annual pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca and fears that further contagion could become an epidemic. “The most worrying aspect is that we still haven’t identified the means of contagion of the virus and we have serious fears about the next haj that will bring millions of Muslims from around the world to Mecca the most holy place in Islam in October,” said Aodi. Around 2,000 Muslim pilgrims are expected to go to Mecca from Italy. The greatest risk will be at the Eid festival which marks the end of Ramadan with a feast including the killing of an animal that is shared among the poorest families in the Arab world. Even though there is still a great deal of uncertainty, Aodi says like the Chinese version of SARS it is widely believed that the origin of the virus is linked to contact with animals. Unlike the Chinese strain, the new SARS particularly strikes the kidneys, even though it moves through the respiratory system and particularly strikes people who are already weak.


Epidemic Hazard in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, 02 May, 2013 at 07:12 (07:12 AM) UTC.


Updated: Thursday, 06 June, 2013 at 19:27 UTC
The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia notified the World Health Organization (WHO) on June 5 of a newly diagnosed case of illness due to the MERS-CoV novel coronavirus. The 14 year old female patient became ill on May 29. The WHO has received reports of 54 cases of illness due to this new virus since Sept., 2012. The official designation for the virus is MERS-CoV, “Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus”. The novel coronavirus is from the same group of viruses that produced the SARS outbreak in 2003, though it is not presently spreading as rapidly. The WHO believes that it can be transmitted from person to person in a limited manner. At this time it is not as easily spread as the SARS virus was. As the official name states, most of the patients have been diagnosed in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia, according to the CDC, has seen 40 cases of MERS-CoV and 24 deaths. WHO notes that France, Germany, Italy, Tunisia and the United Kingdom have reported cases. Those cases were transferred from the Middle East for care or had traveled in the region before becoming ill. There has also been limited local transmission among patients who had close contact with patients diagnosed with the illness. The respiratory infection caused by MERS-CoV resembles influenza. The illness can severely impair respiration and be fatal. Hospitalized patients often require respirators and intubation. Health care workers have become ill and correct use of universal precautions and SARS protocols are urged by the CDC.


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New death from MERS virus in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi health ministry on Thursday announced the death of one of its citizens in the eastern region of Al-Ahsaa after he contracted MERS, a SARS-like virus.

File photo: A view of Al-Mamlaka hospital in the Saudi capital Riyadh. (AFP/Fayez Nureldine)

RIYADH: The Saudi health ministry on Thursday announced the death of one of its citizens in the eastern region of Al-Ahsaa after he contracted MERS, a SARS-like virus.

The ministry website said the latest death, announced on Wednesday, brings to 25 the number of people who have died from the virus since September, adding that 40 people are suffering from the disease in the kingdom.

The strain was renamed the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, or MERS, reflecting the fact that the bulk of the cases are in that region, mainly in Saudi Arabia.

On May 31, the World Health Organisation said that the global death toll from the virus has risen to 30.

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New SARS-like virus can probably pass person-to-person

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Published on May 13, 2013

May 13 – New SARS-like virus can probably pass person-to-person with Saudi Arabia having the biggest cluster of cases. Marie-Claire Fennessy reports.


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Epidemic Hazard in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, 02 May, 2013 at 07:12 (07:12 AM) UTC.


Updated: Sunday, 12 May, 2013 at 15:47 UTC
Two more people have died from novel coronavirus, a new strain of the virus similar to the one that caused SARS, in an outbreak in al-Ahsa region of Saudi Arabia, the deputy health minister for public health said on Sunday. Ziad Memish said that in the latest cluster of infections, 15 cases had been confirmed, and nine of those patients had died.

Panic grips Saudis amid fears of SARS-like virus

May 13, 2013 05:03 PMAgence France Presse

A Saudi health ministry official visits patients infected with a new SARS-like virus at a hospital in the eastern Saudi province of al-Ahsaa on May 13, 2013. AFP PHOTO/STRA Saudi health ministry official visits patients infected with a new SARS-like virus at a hospital in the eastern Saudi province of al-Ahsaa on May 13, 2013. AFP PHOTO/STRRIYADH: Panic gripped Saudis in the country’s east on Monday, where most cases of the deadly Coronavirus have been detected, witnesses said, as the death toll from the SARS-like virus in the kingdom hit 15.

Scores of people have reported to the emergency services at hospitals in the city of Al-Ahsa in Eastern Province, after showing even the slightest signs of a fever.

“I felt the symptoms of a cold, accompanied by a fever,” a young man told AFP by telephone from one hospital where he was admitted and placed in quarantine.

“I came to hospital. The symptoms disappeared by the end of the day, but I am still kept in a quarantine with other patients, which scares me,” he said, asking to remain anonymous.

All cases admitted to hospitals in Al-Ahsa region have been placed in isolation, Saudi authorities said.

Fifteen of the 24 people who have contracted the Coronavirus in Saudi Arabia Since August have died, the kingdom’s health minister Abdullah al-Rabia said on Sunday.

A total of 13 cases have been detected in the King Fahd hospital, in Al-Ahsa.

The minister said on Sunday that three new suspected cases had been identified.

Virologist: Coronavirus will cause an epidemic but docs are better prepared this time

May 13, 2013 11:21 am by

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CAIRO (Reuters) – The doctor who discovered a new SARS-like virus says it will probably trigger an epidemic at some point, but not necessarily in its current virulent form.

The new strain of coronavirus (nCoV) that Ali Mohamed Zaki found last year, related to one that caused the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003, has killed at least 18 people in the Middle East and Europe.

On Sunday, the World Health Organization said it seemed likely the new virus, which can cause coughing, fever and pneumonia, could be passed between humans, but only after prolonged, close contact.

Zaki, an Egyptian virologist who identified the new virus last June in a patient at the hospital where he was working in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, noted in a telephone interview on Monday that no one else at that hospital had been infected at the time.

More recently, there has been a cluster of cases in a hospital in Hofuf in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern province, as well as a case of transmission between two patients sharing a hospital room in France.

Zaki, now working at Ain Shams university in Cairo, said the virus was probably mutating. “From what is going on, it seems it is going step-by-step to become more easily transmitted,” he told Reuters.

But he said doctors and authorities were in a better position to deal with an outbreak than they had been with SARS because the new virus had been identified relatively early:

“Now we have the virus before the epidemic happened – and I think it will happen – and we have tools to diagnose it.”



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Epidemic Hazard in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, 02 May, 2013 at 07:12 (07:12 AM) UTC.


Updated: Monday, 06 May, 2013 at 02:42 UTC
As a follow up to the most recently reported 10 case cluster of nCOV in Alhasa in the Eastern Province of KSA. Our investigation is still ongoing and we picked up 3 more cases:

Case 11: 62 year old female with multiple comorbidities. Start of symptoms [19 Apr 2013] and deceased [3 May 2013]
Case 12: 71 year old male with multiple comorbidities. Start of symptoms [15 Apr 2013], deceased [3 May 2013]
Case 13: 58 year old female with comorbidities. Start of symptoms [1 May 2013] and currently ventilated in critical but stable condition.

So far there is no apparent community transmission and transmission seem linked to one HCF health care facility.

Epidemic Hazard in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, 02 May, 2013 at 07:12 (07:12 AM) UTC.


Updated: Monday, 06 May, 2013 at 03:04 UTC
Saudi Arabia’s health ministry has reported three novel coronavirus cases, including two fatalities, bringing the total number of infections up to 13 since the outbreak of the virus in the kingdom. Coronavirus infects respiratory system, and makes up 15 percent of viruses that cause human flu, the ministry said in a release. It said this type of viruses is new and that was why there is no reliable information on its transmission or even required vaccination. But, the ministry reassured that the number of coronavirus cases is still very limited compared to other flu outbreaks. It said it is closely monitoring the situation in the kingdom and taking all necessary precautions in handling patients and those having close contacts with them in line with local and world health directives.

Epidemic Hazard in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, 02 May, 2013 at 07:12 (07:12 AM) UTC.


Updated: Monday, 06 May, 2013 at 07:44 UTC
The number of infected due to the new SARS-like novel coronavirus in Saudi Arabia have jumped to 13 cases, of which seven have already died. First reported to the attention of the World Health Organization last Wednesday, health authorities said five of those who had earlier died have not travelled abroad, arousing suspicions and theories the infections could have originated right within the country’s health-care facilities. “After questioning relatives, it turned out that none of these people had been abroad before being infected,” Dr Ziad Mimish, who heads the health ministry’s disease prevention unit. First identified September 2012 in the Middle East, the global count for the new SARS-like novel coronavirus is now 30 cases. Of those, 18 people have died. Its first fatality was a Saudi man who died in June 2012 due to a mysterious and severe pneumonia. However, the first known cases of the new infection occurred as early as April 2012, in a cluster of 11 illnesses in a hospital in Jordan. A member of the same virus family as SARS, the new coronavirus has the ability to spread from person-to-person. This was confirmed when on Friday, Saudi authorities said one of those who got infected was a family member of one of the original seven who had died.

Epidemic Hazard in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, 02 May, 2013 at 07:12 (07:12 AM) UTC.


Updated: Tuesday, 07 May, 2013 at 02:38 UTC
A new SARS-like virus has killed two more people in Saudi Arabia, taking the number of deaths from the coronavirus that the kingdom has announced to seven in one week, the health ministry said. “The health ministry has announced that three infections by the new coronavirus have been registered during the past days in Al-Ahsaa. Two of the victims have died while the third is in a stable condition,” state news agency SPA said late Sunday. The report did not identify the nationality of the latest victims. On Wednesday, the health ministry announced five Saudis recently died of the SARS-like virus and that two more were being treated in an intensive care unit. The World Health Organization said on Friday that three new cases of the virus were detected in Saudi Arabia. The outbreak has occurred in the oil-rich Red Sea region of Al-Ahsaa, which is near Bahrain and Qatar. The ministry says 13 infections have been “recently” registered in the kingdom.


Epidemic Hazard in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, 02 May, 2013 at 07:12 (07:12 AM) UTC.


Updated: Thursday, 09 May, 2013 at 14:27 UTC
The investigation of the recent cluster in Alhassa (Al-Hasa or Al-Ahsa), KSA is still ongoing. Actions implemented and fully applied by 1 May 2013 have been effective to date in preventing NEW cases related to this cluster from emerging. But in-depth look back and search among contacts of earlier reported cases and repeat testing of suspected cases revealed 2 new cases yesterday (8 May 2013):

– Case 14: 48-year-old male with multiple comorbidities. Start of symptoms 29 Apr 2013 and confirmed by lab testing. He is in stable condition in hospital.
– Case 15: 58-year-old male with comorbidity. Start of symptoms 6 Apr 2013. His repeat testing was positive and he fully recovered and was discharged on 3 May 2013.

The investigation is ongoing and more details will be released as they arise.

Epidemic Hazard in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, 02 May, 2013 at 07:12 (07:12 AM) UTC.


Updated: Friday, 10 May, 2013 at 03:37 UTC
Authorities in Saudi Arabia have found two more people who were infected with the new coronavirus in a large cluster of cases in the eastern portion of the country. The two new cases, reported Thursday, bring the total to date of that al Hofuf cluster to 15 infections. Seven have been fatal. One of the newly reported cases became ill on April 6, which at this point is the earliest onset date known for any of the infections in this cluster. Though it is still not clear if these cases are all part of a chain of person-to-person spread, it does suggest the new virus has been infecting people in al Hofuf for more than a month. The new cases were reported publicly by the country’s deputy health minister, Dr. Ziad Memish, who posted a short update on the outbreak on the Internet-based disease surveillance system, ProMED.

Memish said the two people were not newly infected but rather cases that were detected by going back through records and tracing people who had been in contact with known cases. But his ProMED report did not say if these people are related to, or had contact with, any of the other cases in the cluster. And while the official Saudi line has been that all the cases have been linked to a dialysis clinic at al-Moosa Hospital, Memish’s post made no mention of these cases having had care at that facility. The new cases are both men and are both alive. Both men were reported to have had pre-existing medical conditions. One, a 48-year old, started to have symptoms on April 29. He is in stable condition in hospital. The other is a 58-year-old man who had symptom onset on April 6. Memish said he has recovered completely and was discharged from hospital on May 3. The al Hofuf cluster is the largest to date with the new coronavirus and it is linked to one or more health-care facilities. That feature of the outbreak raises red flags for infectious disease experts because health-care workers and hospital patients are often the sentinel cases when a new pathogen begins to spread.

Epidemic Hazard in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, 02 May, 2013 at 07:12 (07:12 AM) UTC.


Updated: Saturday, 11 May, 2013 at 04:38 UTC
Saudi health authorizes say two new cases of infection with a deadly new respiratory virus related to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) have been found in the country’s eastern region of al-Ahsa. Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health announced on Friday that a 58-year-old man confirmed to have contracted the virus. He was treated and discharged from hospital on May 8. The other patient was a 42-year-old man, who is still under careful treatment at hospital with a stable condition. Fifteen people in Saudi Arabia have been infected by the coronavirus virus, with 7 deaths. The novel coronavirus virus, also known as nCoV-EMC, is a cousin of SARS. The virus first emerged in the Middle East, and was discovered on September 2012 in a Qatari man who had recently traveled to Saudi Arabia. Since September 2012, the World Health Organization has been informed of 30 confirmed cases of the virus, and 18 of the patients have died. Cases have been reported in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the UAE, Qatar, Britain and Germany, and health officials have said the virus has likely already spread between people in some circumstances. Health authorities are trying to find out how humans are contracting and spreading the virus and what the best remedy to treat it is.

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April 24, 2013 

Abdul Rahman Ali Al-Harbi in the hospital.

UPDATED 5AM EST Apr 24, 2013:

Confirmation that Abdul Rahman Ali Al-Harbi, the Saudi national and initial “person of interest,” is indeed being deported this week now is spreading across the Internet. More details are emerging this weekend as Arabic sources and Saudi papers themselves are confirming “rumors” swirling in the US. (more at bottom)

Moreover, the Saudi papers are detailing the visit by the Obamas, especially Michelle to the hospital and this man. The “rumors” of the President meeting with Saudi officials in the hospital just prior to his “approved deportation” is a bragging right in their press.

More notable is the assertions that Abdul Rahman Ali Al-Harbi is free an clear of terrorist ties, when in fact over 10 names from his clan are already linked to Al-Qaeda.

Michelle visits at-Harbi

Michelle Obama visits Al-Harbi in Boston Hospital? Image source and accuracy unknown

Many from Al-Harbi’s clan are entrenched in terrorism and are members of Al-Qaeda as identified by the Islamic governments.

Out of a list of 85 terrorists listed by the Saudi government shows several of Al-Harbi clan to have been active fighters in Al-Qaeda:

  • #15 Badr Saud Uwaid Al-Awufi Al-Harbi
  • #73 Muhammad Atiq Uwaid Al-Awufi Al-Harbi
  • #26 Khalid Salim Uwaid Al-Lahibi Al-Harbi
  • #29 Raed Abdullah Salem Al-Thahiri Al-Harbi
  • #43 Abdullah Abdul Rahman Muhammad Al-Harbi (leader)
  • #60 Fayez Ghuneim Humeid Al-Hijri Al-Harbi [Source]

Then you have Al-Harbi clan members in Gitmo:

  • Salim Salman Awadallah Al-Sai’di Al-Harbi
  • Majid Abdullah Hussein Al-Harbi
  • Muhammad Abdullah Saqr Al-Alawi Al-Harbi
  • Ghanem Abdul Rahman Ghanem Al-Harbi
  • Muhammad Atiq Uwaid Al-Awfi Al-Harbi [Source]

There are specific Saudi clans that are rife with members of Al-Qaeda, which has fueled critics questions the hundred thousand student visas are issued to these and how ICE officials seem clueless to make the connection with the clans when it comes to terrorism.

The BBC reported Khaled Alharbi was married to the daughter of al-Qaida’s number two, Ayman al-Zawahiri. He reportedly appeared with bin Laden in a video praising the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Another top al-Qaida operative is Adel Radi Saqr al-Wahabi al-Harbi, a Saudi national identified by the State Department as “a key member of an al-Qaida network operating in Iran.”

The State Department has offered a multimillion-dollar reward for the capture of Abdel Alharbi, saying he is an Iran-based al-Qaida facilitator who serves as the deputy to Muhsin al-Fadhl, who runs al-Qaida’s Iran network.

At a site called Sabq, Alharbi’s father talks about how a member of the Aldawsari clan – Ali Aldawsari – visited his son in the hospital. Remember what we wrote about Khalid Aldawsari here:


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Published on Apr 24, 2013

Glenn reads the evidence on the Saudi national that shows that Department of Homeland Security’s Janet Napolitano is lying about the Saudi national, and broke many important particulars regarding this third suspect in the Boston Islamist Terrorist Attacks of 4/15/2013.

Glenn Beck Reveals More about Saudi National

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Published on Apr 22, 2013

Earlier today on his radio program, Glenn Beck, revealed more information about the Saudi national that was a suspect in the Boston bombings last week.


Exclusive: Key Congressmen Request Classified Briefing on Saudi ‘Person of Interest’ in Boston Bombing

House Committee on Homeland Security Requests More Info on Saudi National From Napolitano

(Photo courtesy of the House Committee on Homeland Security)

The letter reads:

We are writing to request a classified briefing on Department of Homeland Security information and actions related to the case of the original person of interest in the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 22, 2013.

On Thursday, April 18th, you testified before the Committee on Homeland Security and responded to a question related to this individual’s immigration status by saying that you “were unaware of anyone being deported for national security concerns at all related to Boston.”  However, media reports have continued to raise concerns about this individual and adjustments that may have been made to his immigration status, including possible visa revocation and terrorist watch-listing, in the days following the bombing.

We request the Department provide a detailed overview of the records associated with this individual to include his law enforcement and immigration records prior to April 15, 2013, as well as his current status.  We request briefers from the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Customs and Border Protection.

We appreciate your immediate attention to this issue and anticipate your prompt reply.

The committee says it has copies of the original deportation order, and has confirmed to TheBlaze and several other media outlets that the facts are as we reported last week.

Glenn Beck will break more news about the story during his Monday radio and television broadcasts.

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US Congressmen Follow Up on Glenn Beck’s Boston Bombings ‘Saudi National’ Theory

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By Sarah Rae Fruchtnicht, Mon, April 22, 2013

The House Committee on Homeland Security has requested more information from Janet Napolitano on the Saudi national who was named the initial “person of interest” in the Boston bombings.

The committee formally requested a classified briefing from Napolitano on April 19, according to the letter published by TheBlaze.

This original suspect, named Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, was reportedly set to be deported on Tuesday, according to Sean Hannity’s Fox News program. Alharbi was supposedly in violation of section 212 3B of the Immigration and Nationality Act, citing “security and related grounds” and “terrorist activities.”

Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-South Carolina, expressed concerns that the man, who was here on a student visa, was being deported “due to national security concerns.” The full exchange appears on YouTube.

Napolitano responded that she was not aware of “anyone who is being deported for national concerns at all related to Boston. I don’t know where that rumor come[s] from.”

“I’m not saying it’s related to Boston, but he is being deported,” Duncan continued.

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Janet Napolitano refuses to answer questions about the deportation of Saudi national 04/18/13

Published on Apr 18, 2013

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano is questioned by Congressman Jeff Duncan about the detainment and deportation of a 20 year old Saudi national in respect to the Boston marathon bombing

Hmmmm,  very  interesting development and  of  course  I  had  not hear d  a peep from the MSM.  Or  was  it  just   that  I  missed it ?

It  makes  you   wonder  how  they  will explain  this.  Was  it t e  US that  planned a  false  flag to  justify  all the  killing  an  warmongering. 

Was  it  Saudi Arabia again involved  in a terror  plot  against the  US?

Were  they  working  together   to  create  a false  flag  to  facilitate  the erosion of  our Rights  and the destruction of the  Constitution?

Rahm  Emmanuel  said  ” Never  let a  good  crisis  go to waste”.  I  supose  if  one  does  not  occur  on its  own  then  in their  twisted  minds  it is  perfectly  acceptable to  create one…….Reminds  me  of  another false  flag  that  led to  all these illegal  wars.  Lies ,  murder, genocide all  under the  guise  of  defense  of our  Nation,   A  War  on Terror   that  is being  perpetrated  by the  real  Terrorists and  the  subjugation and  destruction  of this Nation.

I hope everyone is paying  attention, because  if things  continue the  way  they  are  that  final  exam is  going to  be a  doozie!!

~Desert Rose~

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the 24-year-old who tried to blow up a plane using an underwear bomb on Christmas Eve, 2009, entered a plea of guilty today in Federal Court a day after testimony began at his trial began. The underwear bomber, who has been linked to Al Qaeda, was unapologetic for his actions.
View PhotoAssociated Press/ABC News, File – FILE – This undated 2009 file image obtained and provided by ABC News shows underpants with the explosive used on a failed plot to blow up an airliner over Detroit on Christmas
ABC News from a video produced by al Qaeda, accused underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and others in his training class fire weapons at a desert camp in Yemen


Underwear bomber’ was working for the CIA

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‘Underwear bomber’ involved in a plot to attack jet was in fact working as an undercover informer with the CIA, it has emerged. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/EPA

A would-be “underwear bomber” involved in a plot to attack a US-based jet was in fact working as an undercover informer with Saudi intelligence and the CIA, it has emerged.

The revelation is the latest twist in an increasingly bizarre story about the disruption of an apparent attempt by al-Qaida to strike at a high-profile American target using a sophisticated device hidden in the clothing of an attacker.

The plot, which the White House said on Monday had involved the seizing of an underwear bomb by authorities in the Middle East sometime in the last 10 days, had caused alarm throughout the US.

It has also been linked to a suspected US drone strike in Yemen where two Yemeni members of al-Qaida were killed by a missile attack on their car on Sunday, one of them a senior militant, Fahd Mohammed Ahmed al-Quso.

But the news that the individual at the heart of the bomb plot was in fact an informer for US intelligence is likely to raise just as many questions as it answers.

Citing US and Yemeni officials, Associated Press reported that the unnamed informant was working under cover for the Saudis and the CIA when he was given the bomb, which was of a new non-metallic type aimed at getting past airport security.

The informant then turned the device over to his handlers and has left Yemen, the officials told the news agency. The LA Times, which first broke the news that the plot had been a “sting operation”, said that the bomb plan had also provided the intelligence leads that allowed the strike on Quso.

Earlier John Brennan, Barack Obama’s top counter-terrorism adviser and a former CIA official, told ABC’s Good Morning America that authorities are “confident that neither the device nor the intended user of this device pose a threat to us”.

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