A 61-year-old woman who flew from Saudi Arabia, landing in Madrid on November 1st is believed to be Spain’s first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), according to reports from Spain’s Health Ministry.
The virus has been reported in four other European countries, the ministry said.
The patient was was checked in to a Madrid hospital on November 1 and is in a stable condition, posing no risk to public health, according to the ministry’s statement.
Since April 2012, 130 laboratory-confirmed and 17 probable cases of human infection with MERS-CoV have been reported.
Of the 130 confirmed cases, 58 (45%) have died; 77 of 124 confirmed cases (63%) for which sex is known were male the median age of the 125 confirmed cases with known age is 50 years (range, 14 months to 94 years), according to the MERS-CoV update published by the World Health Organization on September 20.