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MERS-COV (72): SAUDI ARABIA, MOH UPDATE

A ProMED-mail post Published Date: 2015-05-02 13:07:39 Subject: PRO/MENA> MERS-CoV (72): Saudi Arabia, MOH update Archive Number: 20150502.3337452 http://www.promedmail.org ProMED-mail is a program of the International Society for Infectious Diseases http://www.isid.org Date: Sat 2 May 2015 Source: Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health [edited] http://www.moh.gov.sa/en/CCC/PressReleases/Pages/Statistics-2015-05-02-001.aspx

As of 12:00 pm on 2 May 2015, there have been 982 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS-CoV infection, including:
Deaths: 428;
Recovered cases: 552;
Active cases: 2

Information on new case on 1 May 2015:
Khamis Mushayet: 35-year-old Saudi male, non-healthcare worker, symptomatic, in critical condition, with no contact with suspected or confirmed cases in the community or in healthcare settings.

Information on 4 new recoveries on 2 May, 27, 23, and 22 Apr 2015:
Riyadh: 49-year-old Saudi expat male, non-healthcare worker, with pre-existing co-morbidities (2 May 2015)
Riyadh: 48-year-old Saudi expat male, non-healthcare worker, with pre-existing co-morbidities (27 Apr 2015)
Dhuba: 65-year-old Saudi male, non-healthcare worker, with no pre-existing co-morbidities (23 Apr 2015)
Jeddah: 60-year-old Saudi expat male, non-healthcare worker, with pre-existing co-morbidities (22 Apr 2015)

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[With the newly confirmed case reported above, as of 2 May 2015, the total number of laboratory-confirmed MERS-CoV infected individuals reported by Saudi Arabia since June 2012 is up to 982, including 428 deaths (case fatality rate 43.6 percent).

The MERS-CoV outbreak is persisting, though intermittent at certain times, with fewer new cases reemerging and a recess for 10 days. Cases have been reemerging, almost on a daily basis, mostly in Riyadh, but also in Unaizah, Shaqra, Jeddah, Hufof, Buraydah, Khafji, Najran, Arar, Taif, Makkah, Taymah, Khobar, Hail, and Khamis Mushayet. The total number of laboratory-confirmed cases over the past 81 days in various cities in Saudi Arabia is 122. The new case confirmed on 1 May 2015 is a non-healthcare worker from Khamis Mushayet, symptomatic, in critical condition, who had no contact with suspected or confirmed cases in the community or in healthcare settings.

The 4 newly reported recoveries are non-healthcare workers, 3 of them with pre-existing co-morbidities.

Based on the current situation and available information, WHO encourages all Member States to continue their surveillance for acute respiratory infections and to carefully review any unusual patterns. WHO recommends that preventive measures be implemented and enforced at all times in order to restrict the acquisition of MERS-CoV infections in healthcare facilities, in the community, by exposure to animals or their products, or by unknown modes of transmission.

Maps showing the location of confirmed cases, recoveries, and deaths can be found with each MOH report at http://www.moh.gov.sa/en/CCC/PressReleases/Pages/default.aspx.

A HealthMap/ProMED-mail map of Saudi Arabia can be accessed at http://healthmap.org/promed/p/131. - Mod.GMM]

Source: http://www.promedmail.org/mena

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