After a little more than a week’s lull, the Saudi MOH is reporting a new MERS case in the nation’s capital city, which is another secondary health care related infection, a category which encompasses roughly 1/3rd of all diagnosed cases in Saudi Arabia.
While this is only the 3rd MERS case thus far in November, a gathering of scientists in Riyadh to discuss the creation of a vaccine against MERS is in the news, along with reports reiterating the well established (but highly unpopular) evidence linking camel exposure to increased risks of contracting the virus (see EID Journal: Risk Factors For Primary MERS-CoV Infection, Saudi Arabia).
First the MOH’s statement on the Vaccine Research Meeting this week.
30 Muharram 1437
Under the auspices of the Minister of Health Engineer Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Faleh embraces the city of Riyadh on Saturday and Sunday 2-3 / 1437/2 H, corresponding to 14-2015 / 11/15 of the World Conference on Research vaccine (Corona) conference hall in the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. He explained the official spokesman of the Ministry Health Mr. Faisal bin Saeed Al-Zahrani that the conference which will be attended by many experts and specialists from inside and outside the Kingdom aims to review many of the research and scientific papers, in addition to companies for research for (La Coruna), evaluated, also aimed at the formation of an international coalition of scientific and technical Created from the Saudi Ministry of Health, United States of America, and the World Health Organization, for the production of immunotherapy and vaccine against the virus (Corona), as well as to support the production of vaccine research virus (Corona), which protects against the disease and limit its spread, featuring experts from the World Health Organization, the Institute of Research American Health, and the Institute of International vaccinations.
Zahrani and indicated that the conference will be attended by about 87 scientists and experts in the production of vaccines, from several countries, including the United States, Canada, Korea, China, the Netherlands, Australia, and Germany, along with Saudi scientists, and will showcase many of the relevant vaccine companies during this conference the results of its research , noting that this conference comes within the concerns of the Ministry of Health and its tireless efforts to tackle the virus (Corona).
And next, an example of the reporting on the camel-MERS link.
Confirmed by the CDC in America
And the latest developments in finding a vaccine against the virus Corona confirmed John Watson, to find a vaccine against Corona virus is a challenge but there is significant progress in research to find a vaccine against the virus. It is also important to understand as much as possible modes of transmission and the nature of the virus before you try to find any new vaccine, and this information can help us to find the right vaccine in the future.
He pointed out that it is likely that the occurrence of infected cases continue preliminary Coruna because of mixing camels in Saudi Arabia, however, most of the infected human cases are the result of transmission within health facilities, so we must intensify prevention efforts in hospitals. However, we have noticed a marked improvement compared to last year, as a result of the great efforts that have been made by the Ministry of Health through a better understanding of the virus and transition and factors that help improve prevention efforts.
For its part, indicated by Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in America, Ms. Susan Gerber, it is possible that the corona virus is transmitted through exposure to infected Apple, and also there could be other sources of transmission, but there is strong evidence linking the transmission of Corona virus to humans through camels, and there is much to learn about the nature of human beings camel connection, which may result in injury to others only with the virus.