Monday, May 25, 2015

Saudi MOH Announces 1 New MERS Case In Hafuf (Plus 2 Fatalities)

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# 10,087

 

The cluster of MERS cases in Hafuf (aka `Hafoof’, `Hafouf’,`Hufof;) over the past month has risen to 11.  The index case – described by the WHO as:

 

A 61-year-old male from Hafouf city developed symptoms on 16 April and was admitted to hospital on 18 April. The patient has comorbidities and a history of frequent contact with camels and sheep as well as consumption of raw camel milk.

 

Since then (starting May 5th) we’ve seen a steady procession of 10 additional cases, all described as `contacts of a previously suspected or confirmed case’, come out of Hafuf.   Some were described as household members, for others the relationship was not specified.

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Unfortunately, whatever the specifics are behind this prolonged chain of MERS infections, the Saudis aren’t saying. 

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