Coronavirus – Credit CDC PHIL
The World Health Organization has posted an update on the imported MERS case we learned about on Saturday (see Germany Reports Imported MERS Case - ex UAE). While we are just hearing about this now, this patient has been hospitalized since the middle of February.
A bit surprisingly, the timeline provided suggests the patient was hospitalized for nearly a week before his MERS diagnosis was made, and full isolation and infection control measures were taken.
Disease outbreak news
9 March 2015
On 7 March 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for Germany notified WHO of 1 case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection.
Details of the case:
The case is a 65-year-old, male, German citizen who returned on 8 February to Germany from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He developed symptoms on 10 February and was hospitalized in an intensive care unit one week later. The MERS-CoV infection was laboratory confirmed on two samples; the latest sample was taken on 5 March. Currently, the patient is in a severe but stable condition.
All necessary, recommended, preventive and control measures have been applied since 23 February at the hospital where the patient is being treated. Contact tracing of all possible contacts is ongoing for this case. So far, no additional cases have been identified.
Globally, WHO has been notified of 1041 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including at least 383 related deaths.