GENEVA, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday said Oman reported its first laboratory-confirmed case of respiratory syndrome coronavirus.
The patient, 68, from Al Dahkliya region, became ill on Oct. 26 and was hospitalized on Oct. 28. Preliminary epidemiological investigations revealed that he did not recently travel outside the country, said the WHO.
However, investigations are currently ongoing to determine what exposures might be responsible for his infection, it said.
Saudi Arabia has reported three additional confirmed cases, including one death. The three patients, a woman and two men, are aged from 49 to 83. One of them is a healthcare worker, according to the WHO.
All three patients reported having no contact with animals prior to their illness, while one patient was reported to have been in contact with a previously laboratory-confirmed case, it said.
Globally, from Sept. 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 149 laboratory-confirmed cases of the new coronavirus infection, including 63 deaths.