MERS Outbreak In Riyadh Military Hospital

Thursday, September 12, 2013
By Paul Martin
September 12, 2013

number of HIV infections in the city of Corona military medical Prince Sultan in the capital Riyadh, an estimated ten cases. The sources said that among the injured doctor esoteric Saudis, a recent graduate, enter the intensive care unit at the hospital, although there are a number of cases still is among the suspected cases, in addition to recording the event of the death of a nurse from the Philippine citizenship.

The above translation describes a suspected MERS-CoV at the Prince Sultan Medical Center in Riyadh (see map). Reconciling the above numbers with confirmed cases is a challenge because the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health (KSA-MoH) updates cite health care workers, but do not name hospitals. Moreover, the updates do not give dates, which compromises cluster analysis.

The number of recently reported confirmed cases has spiked higher in recent days. Five updates were released between September 5-11 and all five cited four confirmed cases in Medina, Riyadh, or Batin. WHO updates frequently include dates, but the most recent update was on September 7 and covered the cases cited in the September 5 update. Thus, the 16 most recently reported cases have not been described by WHO.

The 20 confirmed cases in the three areas above have raised concerns that recently concluded Ramadan activities have exacerbated the MERS situation. Qatar has recently reported 3 confirmed cases and the first case (59M) had traveled to Saudi Arabia prior to disease onset. Although the trip to KSA was not to perform Umrah during Ramadan, he did travel to Medina and was apparently infected in a local clinic. Moreover, he is the likely source for the two additional cases in Qatar, both of which were fatal. The report of additional cases in Medina, including health care workers has raised concerns for pilgrims traveling to Mecca and Medina for the Hajj.

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