Wednesday, June 22, 2016

No New Saudi MERS Cases - WHO Update















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After 7 consecutive days, during which the Saudi MOH reported 32 MERS cases, we've finally a break with no new cases reported (and 1 recovery) today. 

This is the second day running without new cases in Riyadh, although it should be noted the MOH doesn't always announce cases immediately upon their discovery.

Meanwhile, the WHO has released details on 6 more MERS cases, reported between June 19th & 20th.


Disease outbreak news
 

22 June 2016
 
Between 19 and 20 June 2016 the National IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported six additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
 
Four of the newly reported cases are associated with the MERS-CoV Outbreak occurring in a hospital in Riyadh city, Riyadh region (see DON posted 21 June).

Details of the cases

  1. A 34-year-old, non-national, female, working as healthcare worker in the hospital where the MERS-CoV outbreak is currently occurring and living in Riyadh city, Riyadh region. She is asymptomatic and was identified through the contact tracing of healthcare contacts. The patient, who has a history of caring for the index case, tested positive for MERS-CoV on 20 June. The case has no history of exposure to the other known risk factors in the 14 days prior to detection. Currently she is in stable condition in home isolation.
  2. A 31-year-old, non-national, female, working as healthcare worker in the hospital where the MERS-CoV outbreak is currently occurring and living in Riyadh city, Riyadh region. She is asymptomatic and was identified through the contact tracing of healthcare contacts. The patient, who has a history of caring for the index case, tested positive for MERS-CoV on 20 June. The case has no history of exposure to the other known risk factors in the 14 days prior to detection. Currently she is in stable condition in home isolation.
  3. A 51-year-old, national, male, living in Taif city, Taif region. He developed symptoms on 15 June and was admitted to hospital on 17 June. The patient, who has comorbidities, tested positive for MERS-CoV on 19 June. Investigation of history of exposure to the known risk factors in the 14 days prior to onset of symptoms is ongoing. Currently he is in stable condition admitted to a negative pressure isolation room on a ward.
  4. A 32-year-old, non-national, female, working as healthcare worker in the hospital where the MERS-CoV outbreak is currently occurring and living in Riyadh city, Riyadh region. She has mild symptoms and was identified through the contact tracing of healthcare contacts. The patient, who has a history of caring for the index case, tested positive for MERS-CoV on 19 June. The case has no comorbidities and no history of exposure to the other known risk factors in the 14 days prior to detection. Currently she is in stable condition in home isolation.
  5. A 42-year-old, national, male living in Riyadh city, Riyadh region. He developed symptoms on 16 June. The patient, who has co-morbidities, tested positive for MERS-CoV on 18 June. He is a household contact of a previously reported case (see DON posted 21 June, case no.2). He has no other history of exposure to the known risk factors in the 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms. Currently he is in stable condition in home isolation.
  6. A 44-year-old, national, male living in Najran city, Najran region. He developed symptoms on 4 June and was admitted to hospital on 16 June. The patient, who has no comorbidities but is a smoker, tested positive for MERS-CoV on 18 June. Investigation of history of exposure to the known risk factors in the 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms is ongoing. Currently the patient is in critical condition admitted to the ICU on mechanical ventilation.
Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases.

The National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia also notified WHO of the death of I MERS-CoV case that was reported in a previous DON on 19 June (case no. 1)
 
Globally, since September 2012, WHO has been notified of 1,768 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including at least 630 related deaths.

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