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Saudi Arabia MERS outbreak
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CDC has worked with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for over 20 years. It has formed partnerships with the Ministry of Health, WHO, local partners, and other U.S. Government agencies to reduce the impact of emerging diseases, build capacity in areas such as laboratory systems and epidemiology, strengthen immunization services, respond to public health emergencies, and conduct surveillance, surveys, and studies.

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iconSaudi Arabia at a Glance

Population: 31,565,109
Per capita income: $53,760
Life expectancy at birth women/men: 75/73 yrs
Under 5 mortality: 16/1000 live births
Source: Population Reference Bureau Fact Sheet, 2015

iconTop 10 Causes of Death

  1. Road Injuries 9%
  2. Diabetes 7%
  3. Back/Neck Injuries 7%
  4. Ischemic Heart Disease 6%
  5. Depressive Disorders 5%
  6. Congenital Anomalies of the Heart 5%
  7. Drug Use 4%
  8. Skin Disorders 3%
  9. Chronic Kidney Disease 2%
  10. Cancer 2%

Source: GBD Compare (, 2013

What CDC Is Doing

The ability to rapidly detect, fight, and control disease outbreaks where they occur helps prevent diseases from crossing borders, thus keeping people safe. CDC works with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other countries to strengthen its public health systems and build capacity for disease surveillance and outbreak response.

  • Page last reviewed: February 17, 2016
  • Page last updated: February 17, 2016
  • Content source: Global Health
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