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SARS-like cases hit 40

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    Posted: May 15 2013 at 7:36am

SARS-Like Virus: Hospital Health Workers Among Those Infected in Saudi Arabia’s Six New Cases

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia added six new cases of the SARS-like novel coronavirus in its Eastern Province, where two of those infected were hospital healthcare workers, immediately creating anxieties that hospitals are no longer even safe places to go to in times of medical distress.

The two sick healthcare workers were identified as nurses. Their hospital affiliations were not revealed.

"We would like to point out that two new confirmed cases of Coronavirus have been detected among health practitioners in the Eastern Region, and they are currently still under the medical observation receiving the proper treatment," the Saudi Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a brief statement.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) noted all six cases were part of a hospital-centered cluster in the country's Eastern province.

From the other four cases, one patient has died, two remain in critical condition, while one has recovered, the WHO said.

With the addition of the six cases, the global count of nCoV cases is now recorded at 40, where 20 have died.

On Sunday, France reported its second infected case, who contracted the disease after sharing a hospital room with France's first infected, who recently travelled in the Middle East.

France's second confirmed SARS-like infection affected shares of European airliners as investors fretted the disease could lead to another global outbreak, similar to that in 2002 and 2003, that could scare air travelers.

Earlier, shares in IAG, parent of British Airways; Lufthansa, Europe's second-biggest airline; and Ryanair, Europe's largest low-cost airline dropped 4.6 per cent, 3.5 per cent and 0.3 per cent, respectively.

"A more developed outbreak could significantly hit short-term travel demand," Damian Brewer of RBC Capital Markets in London was quoted by Irish Independent.

"Any sustained dent in travel demand could also diminish cash flows and increase financial stress risk."

http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/467656/20130515/sars-saudi-hospital-france-europe-iag-lufthansa.htm#.UUM9rUrdOsc

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15 May 2013 - The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has informed WHO of an additional two laboratory-confirmed cases with infection of the novel coronavirus (nCoV).

The two patients are health care workers who were exposed to patients with confirmed nCoV. The first patient is a 45-year-old man who became ill on 2 May 2013 and is currently in a critical condition. The second patient is a 43-year-old woman with a coexisting health condition, who became ill on 8 May 2013 and is in a stable condition.

Although health care associated transmission has been observed before with nCoV (in Jordan in April 2012), this is the first time health care workers have been diagnosed with nCoV infection after exposure to patients. Health care facilities that provide care for patients with suspected nCoV infection should take appropriate measures to decrease the risk of transmission of the virus to other patients and health care workers. Health care facilities are reminded of the importance of systematic implementation of infection prevention and control (IPC).

http://www.who.int/csr/don/2013_05_15_ncov/en/index.html


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