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    Posted: January 21 2015 at 12:10pm
Ministry hires experts to combat MERS, Ebola

The Ministry of Health has hired a team of experts from the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help combat the spread of infectious and non-communicable diseases in the Kingdom, including the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and Ebola. The decision is part of an agreement recently signed by the ministry’s command and control center with the CDC and includes training and support for Saudi professionals under the Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP).
The program would be carried out in cooperation with King Saud University under the guidance of a foreign adviser for a period of three years, said Abdul Aziz bin Saeed, undersecretary for public health and president of the central command and control center, on Tuesday.
“The ministry will ensure comprehensive preparations based on the world’s best medical practices to provide protection for citizens and residents in the Kingdom,” said Bin Saeed. He said that this is an essential part of the continued cooperation with the World Health Organization and the CDC on MERS and other communicable diseases.
Bin Saeed said that he has already launched a program to prepare hospital staff to deal with the outbreak of diseases, and extend support for research on MERS. Under the FETP program, more than 100 Saudi graduates have obtained their degrees at King Saud University.
The program was introduced in 1989 as a two-year postgraduate course at King Saud University, which is recognized as a master’s degree by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties.
Since September 2012, MERS has infected 837 and killed 361 people. Currently, only six patients are being treated for MERS at government hospitals. According to a ministry statement, 471 patients who were treated at hospitals have recovered and are leading normal lives.

http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/news/692596
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote jacksdad Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 21 2015 at 3:03pm
So they're finally admitting that they're in over their heads. Better late than never, I guess.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote arirish Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 22 2015 at 8:52am
Maybe we'll finally get some real information, like case studies but KSA will probably make them sign secrecy agreements!
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The new case-patients are a 62-year-old man and a 67-year-old man. Neither is a healthcare worker, but both had preexisting disease. Both are in stable condition. Neither has known animal exposure or exposure to suspected or confirmed MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) patients in the community; the older man's potential exposure to case-patients in the healthcare setting is under investigation.
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Welcome aboard JamesJog! Nice first post!HugThumbs Up
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Jen147 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 16 2015 at 5:04am
Techno... The post by JamesJogi08 was copied & pasted from arirish...
 
 
I suspect this is a spammer.
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Ok, so not an exact copy & paste, but it's very similar & sounds scripted.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote jacksdad Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 16 2015 at 10:34am
Pasted from a January CIDRAP article. Quotations marks and links would be helpful if it's a legitimate post, jamesjogi08 - the moderators are on the look out for paste and copy spammers, and have extremely itchy trigger fingers.
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