Friday, October 21, 2016

Saudi MOH Announces 3 New MERS Cases (2 Nosocomial, 1 Primary)


After a couple of relatively quiet months we've seen - over the past week - an uptick in MERS cases reported by the Saudi MOH.  The graph below compares this year's MERS activity (Red Line) in KSA to the previous two years.

Today's announcement brings the number of new cases since Oct 15th to 8, with 3 of those listed as secondary cases (2 HCWs & 1 Patient) exposed at two different health care facilities.

While the size and number of hospital associated MERS clusters has dropped considerably in 2016, three new nosocomial infections reported this week suggest the Saudis still have a ways to go on their hospital infection control procedures.

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