Friday, August 21, 2015

Saudi MOH Announces 6 More MERS Cases In Riyadh



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The Saudi MOH has released, albeit several hours later than usual, their latest MERS update which cites 6 new cases in the Capital City, Riyadh (along with 1 death).


Today’s announcement brings to 43 the number of cases reported over the past 7 days, and the month-to-date total to 77.

Given the Saudi MOH’s erratic history case reporting (sometimes a week or longer after they test positive), day-to-day fluctuations in the numbers reported are difficult to interpret.  

Of today’s cases, 1 is listed as a healthcare worker with all but one of the rest (a 58 y.o. Female)  listed as having contact with a previously identified case.  We’ll have to wait for a future WHO update to get any meaningful details, but the vast majority of infections described recently by the WHO were hospital acquired.


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