Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

An article from the WHO
May 16, 2016
Between 30 April and 5 May 2016, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 4 additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV), including one fatal case.
 
Details of the cases
 
A 39-year-old, non-national, male living in Riyadh city is a household contact of another MERS-CoV (see case no. 2 below). He is asymptomatic and identified through tracing of contacts. The patient, who has no comorbid conditions, tested positive for MERS-CoV on 5 May. The patient is currently in home isolation.
A 40-year-old, non-national, male living in Riyadh city developed symptoms on 14 April and was admitted to hospital on 1 May. On 2 May, the patient, who has comorbidities, tested positive for MERS-CoV. Investigation of history of exposure to the known risk factors in the 14 days prior to symptom onset is ongoing. Currently the patient is in critical condition admitted to ICU, but not on mechanical ventilation.
A 55-year-old, national male living in Hofuf city developed symptoms on 26 April and was admitted to hospital on 29 April. The patient, who had comorbidities, tested positive for MERS-CoV on 30 April. He passed away on 4 May. He had history of frequent contact with dromedaries and consumption of their raw milk. The Ministry of Agriculture was notified and investigation of dromedaries is ongoing.
A 70-year-old, national, male living in Hail city developed symptoms on 26 April and was admitted to hospital on 28 April. The patient, who has comorbidities, tested positive for MERS-CoV on 30 April. Investigation of history of exposure to the known risk factors in the 14 days prior to symptom onset is ongoing. Currently the patient is in critical condition admitted to ICU on mechanical ventilation.
Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases.
 
The National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia also notified WHO of the death of 3 MERS-CoV cases that were reported in previous DONs on 14 April (case no. 1 and 5) and on 22 April (case no. 2).
 
Globally, since September 2012, WHO has been notified of 1,733 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including at least 628 related deaths.
 
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