After four days without a reported MERS case from Saudi Arabia, their MOH has announced a single case in the city of Mecca. Other than his gender, age, and being in critical condition, little additional information is provided.
After a strong start to 2015, and the spectacular spring surge of MERS cases in 2014, it is a bit surprising that the number of cases being reported right now has dropped as low as it has.
Some credit may go to better infection control practices in healthcare facilities, which were a major focal point for outbreaks last year.
However welcome, until we better understand how MERS is being transmitted in the community (and why this slowdown has occurred), this recent reduction in cases can only offer temporary comfort.