Saturday, March 19, 2016

Saudi MOH: 3 New MERS Cases (1 Fatal)

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Saudi Arabia's March MERS count continues to climb with their 42nd, 43rd, and 44th case of the month announced this morning.  While each comes from a different location, all three areas have recently reported surges in cases.

  • The fatal case, stated to be `under investigation', comes from Buraidah, where a community/nosocomial outbreak has infected 27 people, killing 14. We've seen several cases posthumously announced, raising questions over delays in diagnoses.

  • A second case, from Al-Kharj, is listed as a primary camel contact, the third such case from that region in the past week. In February Al-Kharj was the site of several primary MERS cases linked to camel exposure, along with secondary cases. 
  • And lastly, we have the third case reported in less than two weeks from Hail, listed as a `primary' case. The two earlier cases this month were listed as `primary' and `under investigation'.   Hail also saw a `primary' case in late February.

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