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Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Infection During Pregnancy: A Report of 5 Cases From Saudi Arabia

  1. John T. Watson2
  1. 1Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  2. 2National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
  1. Correspondence: G. R. Abedi, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases, 1600 Clifton Rd, Mail Stop A34, Atlanta, GA 30329 (gabedi{at}


Little is known about the effects of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) during pregnancy. In Saudi Arabia, 5 cases of MERS-CoV infection among pregnant women were reviewed, and all cases resulted in adverse outcomes. MERS-CoV infection during pregnancy may be associated with maternal and perinatal disease and death.

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  • Received May 19, 2016.
  • Accepted June 13, 2016.
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