A hat tip to Ironorehopper for tweeting the link to the KSA MOH Arabic Coronavirus update, which indicates that 4 new MERS-CoV infections have been confirmed by the Health Ministry, and three of those appear to have been Healthcare workers in Taif.
We learned a week ago (see Saudi Arabia Announces 3 More MERS-CoV Cases) of the first two cases diagnosed in Taif, and earlier this week FluTrackers picked up several unconfirmed media reports of more infections, including healthcare workers, hospitalized in Taif.
Today’s MOH announcement at least partially confirms those earlier reports.
Yesterday, Arabic media began reporting that posters warning of MERS-CoV were beginning to appear in storefronts and Restaurants in Taif (see Saudi Arabia: MERS-CoV Posters Show Up In Taif).
Once again, details from the Saudi MOH on these cases are scant, and as the stated condition of these patients is said to be either recovered or recovering, it seems likely the MOH has been aware of these cases for some time.
The following English language statement has now been posted on the KSA MOH website:
20 June 2013
Within the framework of the ongoing monitoring and epidemiological surveillance of the novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has announced that four new confirmed cases of this virus have been recorded and all of them have been recovered; bringing the total number of the recovered cases into 14 patients.
The first case was for a 42-year-old Saudi female in the Eastern region, who left the hospital. That is to be added to the three female cases of health practitioners in Taif governorate, ranging their age from 45,39 and 29, and all of them have been recovered, May Allah be praised.
Within the same vein, MOH has pointed out that within the framework of the ongoing monitoring and epidemiological surveillance carried out by the competent committees, they have tested 308 samples over the past three days , where all of them have been proved negative, May Allah be praised, except what we have published.