Although Taif was the site of extensive MERS activity last fall (see Saudi MOH Reports Another MERS Case From Taif), we’ve only seen a few scattered reports from that city over the past few months.
About 10 days ago we learned that a 48-year-old male from Taif city – without a known risk exposure - developed symptoms and was admitted to hospital on May 8th. This past Sunday we saw another report detailing a 74-year-old patient who tested positive nearly two weeks after being admitted to a hospital for another condition.
The WHO report indicated `he was admitted to the same ward and treated by the same health workers as a laboratory-confirmed MERS-CoV case that was reported in a previous DON on 17 May’ .
Today we’ve now a third reported case from Taif, although the barebones report posted on the MOH website provides few clues as to whether it is related to either of the previous two cases.