The number of new MERS cases being reported out of Riyadh has dropped in recent days, which may be an indication that the affected hospitals are starting to get a handle on containing the outbreak. Today Riyadh only reports 1 new case, while once again we see a sporadic case from Najran.
The Najran case had already expired by the time his was announced by the MOH.
Whether this is a sign that the outbreak in Riyadh is ending – or is just a temporary lull – August 2015 will go down as the third heaviest MERS month for the Saudis, and the most active month since June 2014. .
This spike is notable also because the hot summer months have not previously been associated with heavy MERS activity on the Arabian peninsula. The seasonality of MERS outbreaks – previously believed to favor spring outbreaks – has proven less predictable during 2015.