Friday, December 26, 2014

Saudi MOH: 2 New MERS Cases & WHO Update

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In addition to the Jordanian case announced yesterday (see Crofsblog Jordan: A very little more on the new MERS case), we’ve the first new cases announced by KSA in a week. 

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Although it may not have any connection to yesterday’s case, the 70 year old is from Quriat, roughly 30km from the Jordanian border.

 

Additionally, this afternoon the World Health Organization has published the following update on three previously reported MERS cases from Saudi Arabia.

 

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

Disease outbreak news
26 December 2014

Between 8 and 16 December 2014, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) notified WHO of 3 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 1 death.

Details of the cases are as follows:
  • A 29-year-old, non-national female from Taif city who developed symptoms on 9 December. She sought medical advice on 14 December and was admitted to hospital on 15 December. The patient has no comorbidities. While working as a nurse in an isolation ward, she came into contact with a laboratory confirmed MERS-CoV case. The patient has no history of exposure to other known risk factors in the 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms. Currently, she is in stable condition and remains in isolation.
  • A 70-year-old, non-national male from a village near Jubail city who developed symptoms on 10 December. He was admitted to hospital on 15 December. The patient has comorbidities as well as a history of frequent camel contact and of raw camel products consumption. He has no history of exposure to other known risk factors in the 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms. Currently, he is in ICU in critical condition.
  • A 61-year-old male from Najran city who developed symptoms on 1 December. He was admitted to hospital on 6 December. The patient had comorbidities as well as a history of frequent camel contact and of raw camel products consumption. In the 14 days prior to the onset of symptom, he visited a health care facility that, however, had no links to MERS-CoV cases. He had no history of exposure to other known risk factors in the 14 days that preceded the onset of symptoms. The patient was admitted to ICU but passed away on 14 December.

Contact tracing of household contacts and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases.

The National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia also notified WHO of the death of 1 previously reported MERS-CoV case.

Globally, the WHO has been notified of 941 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including at least 347 related deaths

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