While 2019 is far from the most active MERS year we've seen, with more than a month left to go Saudi Arabia has already reported its 200th case, which is more than a 40% increase over all of 2018 (n=142).
Today's case (Epi Week 48) involves a 48 y.o. male - listed as a primary case with recent camel contact - from Medinah.
This is the 12th case reported by KSA during the month of November.
Last summer, in The Global Seasonal Occurrence of MERS-CoV, we looked at a study that pegged June as the top month of the year for MERS cases (while January, July and November were the lowest).
While MERS-CoV hasn't taken off the way that SARS did 16 years ago, we've seen studies (see A Pandemic Risk Assessment Of MERS-CoV In Saudi Arabia) suggesting the virus doesn't have all that far to evolve before it could pose a genuine global threat.As long as the virus continues to spill over from camels into the human population, that threat will continue.