Monday, September 28, 2015

Jordanian MOH Cautions On MERS



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The status of MERS in Jordan right now is a bit difficult to ascertain, as the last WHO update (Sept 18th) brought their 2015 total to 11 cases, but we’ve seen 2 (and possibly 3) mentioned in the media since then.   Exact numbers, of any outbreak anywhere in the world, are always difficult to obtain.


While the Jordanian Ministry of Health website has not been acknowledging individual cases, it has published a number of policy statements regarding the early detection and isolation of suspected MERS cases (see here and here).  


With the end of the Hajj this weekend, roughly 1.4 million Hajjis are exiting the Kingdom and are headed home, and despite assurances from the Saudis (see Hajj free of epidemic, quarantine and not recorded any cases of the virus Coruna), countries around the globe are gearing up to deal with any potential MERS cases.


Roughly 6,000 of these Hajjis traveled from Jordan, and so the MOH is warning both hospitals and returning pilgrims to be on particularly high alert for the signs of MERS (Fever, respiratory symptoms) over the next two weeks.



Health calls on pilgrims to review the case of hospitals, the emergence of symptoms of respiratory disease

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Amman, Sept. 28 (Petra) - The Minister of Health Dr. Ali Hiasat pilgrims returning from the Hajj, to the nearest hospital or health center if there are any symptoms of the respiratory tract or high temperature. He Hiasat in a press statement on Monday,

The review calls for the necessary medical examinations the patient for the pilgrim to investigate virus Koruna and early detection, he said, adding that the provision of medical care and conduct the necessary tests the patient for the pilgrim, if revised for reasons related to respiratory diseases, will be free to him regardless of his nationality in all Ministry hospitals and health centers.

He stressed the importance of this review to investigate the virus Koruna and early detection and to provide the necessary medical care and follow-up contacts, adding that these measures will protect public health. He stressed Hyassat the importance of self-health monitoring for the pilgrim, during the first two weeks of returning from the Hajj, the period of virus incubation Koruna that can during which the appearance of symptoms of the injured him.

He explained that the ministry monitors active, and years ago, acute respiratory infections in centers and hospitals accredited represent the Kingdom; for the purposes of the investigation of the influenza virus and corona, and the surveillance of communicable diseases at the Ministry Directorate of acute respiratory infections, especially cases entered for hospitals, sampling them to investigate the corona virus.

He Hiasat that the Jordanian medical mission accompanying the pilgrims to their plight in all the rituals of Hajj and were pursuing their health closely, and provided them with preventive and curative necessary health care. - (Petra) OM / g / PVC 28 / 9/2015 - 13:07

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