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    Posted: November 05 2014 at 6:53am
Saudi Arabia reports 2 new MERS cases and 3 recoveries

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed two new MERS-CoV cases today in Riyadh, as well as three recoveries in previously reported case-patients.

The new cases occurred in a 31-year-old woman and 33-year-old man. The MOH reports that both patients are hospitalized in a general ward.

Neither patient is a healthcare worker (HCW), had preexisting disease, or had contact with animals. The MOH is investigating whether they had contact with suspected or confirmed MERS-CoV (Middle East syndrome coronavirus) cases in clinical or community settings.

The MOH also reported recoveries in three previously reported MERS-CoV case-patients: a 38-year-old male HCW from Taif, a 42-year-old female HCW from Riyadh, and a 17-year-old boy from Riyadh. All had preexisting disease.

The new MOH report pushes the Saudi MERS-CoV case count to 793 total cases (15 active) and 440 recoveries. Of the 793 cases, 338 have proved fatal.
Nov 4 Saudi MOH update
Nov 3 CIDRAP News story on recent WHO confirmations in Saudi Arabia and Qatar

In related news, the Saudi MOH today updated its MERS infection-control procedures.

"It is critical that all healthcare workers and facilities, public and private, follow these updated protocols," said Dr. Anees Sindi, deputy commander of the MOH's Command & Control Center, in an MOH press release. "With more than 70 percent of recent MERS-CoV cases resulting from secondary infections, mainly acquired in the hospital, we have recognized the need to implement stricter infection-control measures across the health system.

"Sporadic cases of the disease, which are thought to be caused by unprotected contact with camels, are likely to happen," Sindi added. "Secondary infections, however, should be preventable."

The protocols include ensuring hospital workers are familiar with the latest MERS-CoV case definition, using appropriate protective equipment, and calling a hotline to report cases and receive guidance. The MOH also noted that it has created 17 regional MERS specialist hospitals across the country to combat the outbreak.
Nov 4 MOH press release

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2014/11/news-scan-nov-04-2014
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Central AC linked to Taif MERS spread
Saudi GazetteSaudi Gazette – Sat, Oct 25, 2014..



Sources have revealed that they suspect the central air conditioning at the Taif Dialysis Center for spreading the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the center.

The theory was put forward to explain how an employee in the IT department at the hospital tested positive for the virus.

Acting Minister of Health Adel Fakeih has visited the hospital and instructed the hospital's management to find suitable solutions and separate patient beds to prevent the virus from further spreading.
https://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/central-ac-linked-taif-mers-spread-081555689.html
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