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    Posted: June 29 2017 at 6:46am
Update on latest MERS situation in Saudi Arabia

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (June 29) closely monitoring seven additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), including two deaths, reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), and again urged the public to pay special attention to safety during travel, taking due consideration of the health risks in the places they visit.

      "Travellers to the Middle East, particularly in the summer vacation, should avoid going to farms, barns or markets with camels, avoid contact with sick persons and animals, especially camels, birds or poultry, and avoid unnecessary visits to healthcare facilities. We strongly advise travel agents organising tours to the Middle East to abstain from arranging camel rides and activities involving direct contact with camels, which are known risk factors for acquiring MERS Coronavirus," a spokesman for the CHP said.

      Among the six male and one female patients aged from 22 to 85, four had underlying illnesses. Three (including one healthcare worker) had contact with confirmed MERS cases and they were involved in two nosocomial clusters.

      In addition, four previously confirmed patients died.

      To date, 2 036 cases have been reported to the WHO, with at least 710 deaths. There have been 1 820 cases in 10 Middle East countries including 1 669 in the KSA, 83 in the United Arab Emirates, 28 in Jordan, 19 in Qatar, eight in Oman, six in Iran, four in Kuwait, and one each in Lebanon, Yemen and Bahrain.

http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201706/29/P2017062900380.htm
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So strange that we have two infectious disease with pretty high mortality rates that are seemingly unable to move. Makes you wonder if there have been situations like this before we started tracking outbreaks. Did they stay put and eventually die out, or did they hone their skills on humans in one region before suddenly spreading?


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It seems strange to me too JD! However, I think if the Saudi hospitals practiced better infection control The number of cases would be reduced to a fraction of what they are now! I also think we lucked out that the main reservoir was camels and not something that migrates!
China is the one that seems strange to me. H7N9 has been around for what? Five years? In that time H5N1 had made it all the way to Egypt! It seems to me that wild birds must not be susceptible. I'd like to see a study between the two.   
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