Saturday, June 06, 2015

Saudi MOH: 2 More MERS Cases In Hofuf

# 10,157

Over the past 6 weeks we've seen more than 2 dozen MERS cases emerge from Hafoof (aka `Hafuf', `Hofuf', etc.), starting with a single case in mid April (camel contact), progressing to a family cluster (early May), and then into what appears to be a full blown nosocomial outbreak.

While contact exposures are not indicated in today's update, the last WHO update listed 7 cases from Hofuf, 1 being a HCW with patient contact, and 6 others as infected while hospitalized for other issues. 

As we've seen so many times over the past three years, MERS continues to be a challenge for hospital infection control - not only in the Middle East, but in Korea as well.

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