Monday, August 24, 2015

Saudi MOH Reports 7 New MERS Cases, 5 Deaths

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Despite the positive spin provided last night by the Saudi MOH (see Saudi MOH Statement On The Riyadh MERS Outbreak – Aug 23rd) and dutifully echoed overnight the the Arabic press, today’s MERS report has little good news to offer. Not only are 7 new cases announced – all from Riyadh – five recent deaths were also announced.

 

Details, as always, are sketchy – but of the 7 cases today, only two are cited as being contacts of confirmed cases, while one is under review.   Which leaves us with 4 cases without a known risk exposure. 

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Today’s announcement bring to 97 the number of cases announced over the past 3 weeks, with all but a small handful coming from the capital city Riyadh.

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