The Saudi summer MERS surge rolls on with new cases reported for the 34th day running, bringing the number of cases reported by the MOH since August 3rd to 152. The exact number of cases in Saudi Arabia is somewhat murky due to their decision exclude some asymptomatic cases from their `official’ count.
While the vast majority of these cases have emanated from in and around Riyadh – and most are associated with hospital outbreaks – we’ve seen sporadic cases reported in a number of other locations around the country the past few weeks.
One of today’s cases is a healthcare worker, with exposure to a confirmed or suspected MERS case. For two of the other three, their exposure risk history is under review. Despite three years of dealing with MERS, Saudi hospitals are still struggling to contain the spread of the virus.
One death of a previously announced case was also reported.