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    Posted: October 29 2015 at 6:29am
Saudi health ministry details 7-case hospital MERS cluster in Hofuf

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed that a seven-case MERS-CoV cluster in Hofuf involves Almana General Hospital and includes a nurse, according to a machine-translated statement posted today by Avian Flu Diary, a leading infectious disease blog.

The cases involve a patient who was seen in the hospital's emergency department, five patients who contracted MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) in the hospital, and another patient who did not contract the disease at the hospital. One of the seven patients is a nurse, the MOH said.

All patients have been transferred to King Fahad Hospital in the city for more specialized care, the statement said. Close contacts of the patients are being monitored.

The MOH had reported in its daily updates seven cases in Hofuf since Oct 19 but has yet to provide many details. In today's update, the agency did not list any new cases but said three previously reported patients in Riyadh have all recovered from the disease.

The patients are a 65-year-old Saudi man who had preexisting disease and two foreign women, ages 29 and 39, who are likely part of a cluster among janitors living together east of Riyadh. All told 716 patients have recovered since the outbreak began in 2012 and 16 are still being treated. The country's MERS total stands at 1,272 cases.

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2015/10/news-scan-oct-28-2015
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