Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Saudi Arabian MOH Reports New Coronavirus Case


Coronavirus – Credit CDC PHIL


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A hat tip to Gert van der Hoek at FluTrackers for picking up a report overnight from the Saudi Gazette indicating that another coronavirus case (presumably #4) is being treated at a hospital in Riyadh.


The details of this case, though scant, are somewhat similar (location, and the fact that the patient is recovering) to the case reported nearly 3 weeks ago (see Saudi Arabia MOH Announces Third Coronavirus Case). If confirmed, this will be the 4th case detected since mid-summer.



Ministry confirms coronavirus case in Riyadh

Last Updated : Wednesday, November 21, 2012 12:32 AM

RIYADH — A new case of coronavirus infection was discovered in Riyadh, according to a statement by the Ministry of Health Tuesday.


“A citizen who visited one of the hospitals in Riyadh complaining of flu-like symptoms raised suspicion. Following appropriate tests and after cross checking the results in an specialized lab abroad, it was confirmed that the man tested positive for the virus," the statement said.


It said the patient was given appropriate treatment and his condition has improved.

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I see that ProMed Mail has picked up another media report this morning, this time from 5ABR.Com.



Date: 20 Nov 2012
Source: [machine trans., edited]

Ministry of Health announces coronavirus case in Riyadh

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While the English language side of the The Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health doesn’t appear to have this news release posted yet, the Arabic side has the following press release (machine translated) dated 06 Muharram 1434 H (Tuesday Nov 20th, 2012).


Ministry News

The Ministry of Health issued a statement about the progress of the virus (La Coruna), confirms that the situation is reassuring


Continuation of what you do and the Ministry of Health of the survey and epidemiological and surveillance and preventive for all infectious diseases, as part of its efforts to maintain the health and safety of citizens and residents, in line with the approach of transparency adopted by the ministry with all citizens and the media, and the desire to keep everyone updated on the situation with regard to these diseases , the Ministry wishes to announce the discovery of cases of HIV (Corona) a citizen in a hospital in the city of Riyadh, where he was suspected in his case, and was immediately conduct tests and analyzes necessary for him to laboratories ministry, were also sent a sample to a specialized laboratory outside the Kingdom.


The results were confirmed for a positive case, and it was the ministry at the time to take all actions and precautionary measures to deal with this case, according to the norms of scientific and medical WHO guidelines, as well as recommended by the National Scientific Committee for Infectious Diseases, which includes in its membership consultants representing all sectors of health government.


The Ministry wishes to point out that the patient may receive appropriate treatment and recovered, and health status reassuring, not to worry, where these cases are sporadic, and equal most people infected with the virus to heal, God willing, after providing supportive therapy appropriate for such cases, like viruses that cause respiratory infections such as seasonal influenza and others.


The ministry would also like to reassure everyone that the ministry continues to follow the developments in the situation about this virus, in coordination with international organizations and international medical bodies and regional organizations. May God protect our country from all evils, and the pleasures of all-time health and wellness.



Yesterday, in mBio: New Coronavirus Linked To Bats, we saw additional evidence that this novel virus is most likely of bat origin, but exactly how it is making its way into the human population, and why now, are questions yet to be answered.


The good news is, thus far, there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission.

Stay tuned.

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