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Saudi Arabia reports 2 new MERS case, 1 death

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    Posted: September 17 2015 at 6:52am
Saudi Arabia reports 2 new MERS case, 1 death

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health (MOH) reported two new MERS-CoV cases in Riyadh today that don't appear to be linked to a large hospital outbreak, and it confirmed a death in a previously reported patient.

The new Riyadh MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) cases involve a 21-year-old Saudi woman and a 38-year-old male expatriate. Both have mild respiratory symptoms and are listed in stable condition, the MOH said. Neither is a health worker, and neither had contact with another MERS patient.

The MOH also noted that a 70-year-old Saudi woman in Riyadh has died from her infection. She was not a healthcare worker and had pre-existing disease.

The agency also reported that three Riyadh patients have recovered from their infections, 51- and 63-year-old women and a 61-year-old man. All are Saudi nationals with underlying conditions and none are healthcare workers.

The new developments push the MERS-CoV total in Saudi Arabia since 2012 to 1,240 cases and 524 deaths. Forty-four patients are still undergoing treatment, 8 are in home isolation, and 664 have recovered.
Sep 16 MOH update

In related news, a letter yesterday in Clinical Microbiology and Infection noted that standing close to a MERS patient might be enough to transmit the virus.

South Korean scientists noted that nine healthcare workers had contact with a fatally ill MERS-CoV patient during his 27-minute stay in the emergency department. One of them was a security guard without any personal protective equipment (PPE) who remained 3 to 6 feet away from the patient for 10 minutes and talked to him for 2 minutes without any evidence of touching the man.

The guard was later diagnosed as having MERS, and his case demonstrates that being in close proximity without PPE is enough to transmit the disease, the authors wrote.

comment: With Hajj underway this is not good news!! There will be 2 million people from all over the world in close proximity to each other for weeks!
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