The Saudi MOH is reporting a second MERS case for Epi-week 40, this time a community acquired case (49,M) from Najran. Other than being hospitalized, and having no reported camel contact, no other details are provided.
Yesterday the World Health Organization published its 3rd Saudi MERS-CoV detailed report of 2018, covering 32 cases (10 deaths) reported by the Saudi MOH over June, July, August and the first half of September, including 5 clusters.
It appears that several cases, not previously reported in the WHO EMRO MERS monthly summary reports, are included in this latest report.Public reporting of cases by the Saudi MOH was suspended for most of the summer as KSA re-worked their MOH website (see Why No News Isn't Necessarily Good News), and it isn't unusual to see belated reporting of cases, and so some corrections are to be expected.
Follow the link to read the full WHO report.
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Disease outbreak news
3 October 2018
From 1 June through 16 September 2018, the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) National Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported 32 additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), including 10 deaths.
Among these 32 cases, 12 cases were part of five distinct clusters (one health care and four household clusters). The details of these clusters are described below and detailed information concerning the cases reported can be found in a separate document (see link below).
MERS-CoV cases reported between 1 June and 16 September 2018
- Cluster 1: From 1 through 8 June, four additional cases in a previously reported household cluster were reported in Najran, Saudi Arabia. The initial case reported in this cluster was reported on 30 May (aged 52 years old). One of the secondary cases was a health care worker.
- Cluster 2: From 9 through 14 July, a household cluster of two cases was reported from Afif city, Riyadh region. No health care workers were infected.
- Cluster 3: From 3 through 4 September, a health care facility in Buraidah City, Al-Quassim Region reported a cluster of two patients. No other patients or health care workers were infected.
- Cluster 4: From 1 through 16 September, a household cluster of two cases, including the suspected index case with reported dromedary exposure was reported from Buraidah City, Al-Quassim Region. No health care workers were infected.
- Cluster 5: From 10 through 16 September, a household cluster of two cases, including the suspected index case with reported dromedary exposure were reported from Riyadh City, Riyadh Region. No health care workers were infected.
From 2012 through 16 September 2018, the total global number of laboratory-confirmed MERS cases reported to WHO is 2254 and 800 associated deaths.