Thursday, July 06, 2017

WHO MERS-CoV Update - Saudi Arabia


After reporting 50 cases during the first 18 days of June - mostly divided among 3 hospital outbreaks in Riyadh - reporting from the MOH ceased for 6 days, and then resumed on the 26th, albeit with some days missing.
Since then, reported MERS cases have slowed markedly.
Today the WHO updates us with 3 cases reported to them by the Saudis between June 24th and July 3rd.

Disease outbreak news
6 July 2017 

Between 24 June and 3 July 2017, the national IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported three additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, and two deaths among previously reported cases.

Details of the cases

Detailed information concerning the cases reported can be found in a separate document (see link below).

Globally, 2040 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV including at least 712 related deaths have been reported to WHO.

Public health response

The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has identified and is following contacts of the newly reported cases, is investigating the source of infection of each case and has reinforced infection, prevention, and control measures in hospitals where cases have been identified.

Update on previously reported Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) clusters in Riyadh

The follow-up period of contacts identified during the investigations of three MERS clusters previously reported from Riyadh in the Disease Outbreak News published on 13 June 2017 , 19 June 2017, and 28 June 2017 ended on 30 June 2017. No further cases were identified in these clusters.
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