Saturday, September 19, 2015

Saudi MOH Reports 3rd MERS Case From Jeddah This Week

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The number of new MERS cases reported by the MOH continues at a low level today, with just one case reported in Jeddah – making the third case from Jeddah in less than a week. 

 

While details are scant, today’s case (a 30 y.o. female)  is not listed as a contact of a previously identified case (the other two were reported as `under review’). 

 

While the overall number of cases is down this week - with the influx of 2 million religious pilgrims for the Hajj - this sort of unexplained community transmission raises a lot of concerns.  In 2014 Jeddah was the epicenter of several large nosocomial outbreaks of MERS.

 

Additionally, the MOH announced 2 recoveries, and 4 deaths from the virus.

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