Although reports of MERS in Saudi Arabia have all but flat-lined during the weeks leading up to the Hajj, we do have the third case of September announced today by the MOH.
Unlike many cases reported this summer, this one has no apparent camel contact.
The patient, a 70 year-old male from Hail, is simply listed as a `primary' case. `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.
Over the past 4 years, roughly 47% of Saudi cases are listed as either `primary’ or as from an undetermined origin. Primary cases can include camel contact, but many do not.