Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Oman MOH Reports 4 MERS-CoV Cases


A very brief statement on the Oman Ministry of Health website informs us that the Sultanate has detected 4 new MERS cases.  Their last reported case was in March of 2018, while in 2017 they reported 2.

Acute Respiratory System (Corona) Statement on the recording of new cases of Middle East syndrome


Four new cases of acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), known as Corona, have been recorded, bringing the total number of cases registered in the Sultanate to 18 cases from various governorates of the Sultanate since 2013
These cases receive the necessary health care in a reference hospital, while the Ministry confirms its continued efforts to control and control the disease through the effective epidemiological surveillance system in place and the readiness of all reference hospitals to deal with such cases, and the Ministry of Health and other relevant authorities Related health action.
The Ministry calls upon the Ministry of Health to take information from its source and urges citizens and residents to adhere to preventive measures to combat infection and healthy hygiene when sneezing and coughing.

Unfortunately, missing from this announcement are onset dates, locations, and any epidemiological links between patients. Oman, much like Saudi Arabia, tends to hold details close to the vest. 
Despite the dearth of information provided, one interesting statement does emerge; the total number of cases reported by Oman. 
As of last August, the ECDC's list of confirmed MERS cases showed a total of 11 cases from Oman.  Add today's 4 new cases, and that number should jump to 15.   But today's announcement cites 18.


Hopefully we'll be getting additional details on these cases from the Omani MOH, or the World Health Organization, in the days to come.