Since the Jordanian Ministry of Health website isn’t posting updates we have to rely upon local media for updates on Jordan’s recent MERS outbreak. Earlier today I posted on the 5th case in less than a week, and this afternoon we have word on a 6th case.
The first two cases were described as having had recent travel outside of the country (1 to Saudi Arabia, the other not specified) while the latest four all appear to be locally acquired.
This report from the Qatar News Agency.
Monday, August 31, 2015
Amman, August 31 / Qena / announced the Jordanian Ministry of Health on the registration of new infection "Corona" to Jordanian woman swallow the age of 74 years, bringing the total number of infections to 18 injured.
Quoted Jordan News Agency, director of communicable diseases at the ministry, Dr. Mohammed Abdullat saying that " infected suffer several diseases such as diabetes, pressure, congestive heart failure and atrial fibrillation.
"He added that the situation is critical for the infected and is in a state of isolation in the hospital who receive the treatment, noting that it was epidemiological investigation of the situation and follow-up contacts from her family and health staff dealing with the situation
The pattern we’ve seen many times before – of a patient with MERS admitted to a hospital and the virus spreads to other patients (or employees) - appears to be repeating again in Jordan.
While we’ve seen some hospitals successfully cope with a MERS admission without incurring additional cases, a study we looked at in early July called Eurosurveillance: Estimating The Odds Of Secondary/Tertiary Cases From An Imported MERS Case) calculated the odds of seeing at least one secondary case derived from an imported case is 22.7% , while the odds of seeing at least one tertiary case is 10.5%.
Based on their calculations, the odds of seeing at least 8 cases as the result of a single importation was estimated at non-trivial 10.9%.
A reminder of the importance of continued vigilance at all hospitals for walk-ins of MERS (and other infectious diseases), and of how even a small breach in infection control standards can lead to serious risks to both patients and staff.
For more on preparing hospitals to receive, and safely deal with MERS, Ebola, Avian Flu, and other high-risk patients you may wish to revisit: