Monday, November 02, 2015

Saudi MOH: 1 Primary MERS Case In Afif


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After a three-day respite without reporting any MERS cases, the MOH is back with a primary case involving a 50 y.o. female in Afif, who is listed in critical condition. Afif is a small town of about 40,000 people located roughly halfway between Riyadh and Mecca.

There is no indication of a source of exposure, something which often goes unexplained in these primary `community’ cases. 


While some may be the result of camel contact, that explanation is unlikely to apply to all of these community acquired `mystery’ cases.  The role (and incidence)  of `mild’ or asymptomatic carriage and transmission of the virus – while plausible - remains unresolved (see WHO EMRO: Scientific Meeting Reviews MERS Progress & Knowledge Gaps).



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