Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Saudi MOH Announces 4 New MERS Cases

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After only reporting 3 new MERS cases out of Wadi Aldwasir over the past 4 days, we're seeing a bit of an uptick again , with 3 new cases - plus a 4th primary (camel contact) case from Afeef City. 
Since January 29th, Wadi Aldwasir has reported 44 MERS cases, involving both primary community acquired infections (with, and without camel contact), and at least 3 clusters (healthcare, household, and community).
  • 6 cases have been listed as secondary, household contacts
  • 2 cases have been listed as secondary, community-acquired
  • 24 cases have been listed as secondary, healthcare-acquired.
 While one of today's cases is listed as a secondary, healthcare acquired, the other two are `under investigation'.

https://www.moh.gov.sa/en/CCC/events/national/Documents/Epiwk8-19.pdf

Today cases bring the Kingdom's total to 69 cases for the year, with 55 of those coming in this month of February.  

Meanwhile, we've heard nothing official since Friday from neighboring Oman regarding their outbreak (see OMAN: 4 New MERS Cases Reported) - which raised the number of cases in 2019 to 10, with four deaths.

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