WHO Confusion On Spain MERS Hajj Cluster Raises Concerns

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
By Paul Martin

November 19, 2013

The onset was on October 15, 2013

In fact, Mounts said it is possible that she contracted the virus after the pilgrimage was over, which would assuage fears that the event might seed MERS outbreaks in other countries too.

“The concern we had was that the Hajj would accelerate spread, that there would be transmission in the Hajj, during the Hajj itself,” he said.

But if investigation of the woman’s case leads to the conclusion she became infected after the pilgrimage, her participation in the Hajj will turn out to be coincidental. “And if that’s the case, I think it’s a little less concerning,” Mounts said.

The above translation (in blue) is from the Spain Ministry of Health (MoH) alert issued on November 6, which also cited lab confirmation of the case (61F). That report generated a large series of local reports which cited the above disease onset date.

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