Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Riyadh: Two More (Asymptomatic) MERS Cases


Despite declaring the MERS outbreak `controlled and ended' at King Khalid Hospital last week (see Arab News MoH rejects WHO charges of MERS negligence), we continue to get sporadic reports of new nosocomial infections out of Riyadh.

Today two more asymptomatic Health Care Workers have been identified as being infected, bringing this outbreak's total to roughly 30 since mid-June. 

On the plus side, the detection of so many asymptomatic cases (> 20) in this outbreak is a hopeful sign that the Saudis are being more diligent about testing asymptomatic contacts for the virus, and are taking their infections more seriously (see Saudi MOH CCC: Asymptomatic MERS-CoV Infections).

Meanwhile, 6 cases from this outbreak have recovered (i.e. no longer test positive for the virus).

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