Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Saudi MOH: Najran Reports Another Primary MERS Case


After 4 days without a reported case, the Saudi MOH is once again reporting a primary MERS case from Najran very near the Yemen border.   This is the 5th primary case from Najran reported since mid-June.

`Primary cases’ are those that occur in the community when there is no known exposure to a healthcare facility or to a known human case.  

While primary cases can include either direct or indirect camel exposure, we usually are informed if that is suspected.  For a very large percentage of primary cases, a source of infection is never identified.

So far 2016 has been a moderately active year for MERS cases in the Kingdom, with 156 cases reported thus far.  Of those, 81 are primary, 66 are secondary, and 9 are unclassified.

Although we've seen a couple of small nosocomial outbreaks, we've not seen anything approaching those reported in 2014 and 2015. 

Hopefully this is a sign that hospitals in KSA are doing a better job of identifying and isolating suspected cases.  With the Hajj only 8 weeks away, when millions of religious pilgrims will visit the Holy Cities of the Kingdom, a lot is riding on their ability to sustain these practices.

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