Monday, April 11, 2016

Saudi MOH Reports Primary MERS Case In Hofuf


Last May and June (2015), most of the MERS activity in Saudi Arabia was centered around the town of Hofuf (aka `Hafoof’, `Hafuf’, etc.) in the Northeastern part of the country.

What started with a single `primary case - with camel contact'  in mid-April grew into a family cluster, and then into a full blown nosocomial outbreak which ran for more than 2 months (see WHO: A Saudi MERS Infographic) infecting dozens.

While things have been quiet in Hofuf in recent months, today the MOH is reporting a new primary case - again with camel contact - hospitalized in stable condition. 

Hopefully the infection control lessons from the last outbreak will prevent a repeat of last year's debacle.

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