Proving once again that viruses are very unpredictable, and can sometimes lie dormant for weeks or even months, for the second time in less than a week we’ve a high profile `relapse’ of a patient previously declared free of an emerging infectious disease.
On Friday it was UK Ebola Survivor Cafferkey Back In Isolation After Relapse, while today, we learn that Korea’s last MERS patient – released from the hospital nearly 2 weeks ago – is back in isolation and testing positive for the virus.
Crof posted the media report a short while ago (see South Korea: Last MERS patient tests positive again), and below you’ll find the (machine translated) official statement by the Korean Health Ministry. While the risk of being infected by this patient is considered `low’, more than 100 people are now back in either home, or hospital isolation.
-Seoul National University Hospital, the patient will be hospitalized on the bottle and the current treatment and quarantine
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* Self-isolation (61): medical staff and family of four patients, hospital staff, patients and carers a 29 people, 16 people, ambulances transported nosocomial related 12 people
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Although both the Korean MERS and the Scottish Ebola case relapses appear to be exceedingly rare events, having two in short order reminds us of the importance of long-term follow up of these cases. Not only for their sake - and the public’s safety - but for the advancement of our knowledge on the pathogenesis and long-term sequelae of these diseases.
Resources and services that, sadly, are unlikely to be extended to the vast majority of West African Ebola survivors who continue to deal with persistent post-Ebola health problems.
Meanwhile, Korea’s long awaited all-clear from their MERS outbreak – scheduled for the end of October – appears at least a couple of months away.