Saudi hospital MERS cases prompt temporary ER closure

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
By Paul Martin

Robert Roos
Apr 08, 2014

In the wake of several cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) at a hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, worries about spread of the virus have prompted temporary closure of the hospital’s emergency department, according to reports from the country today.

Also today, news services reported a MERS case in a 59-year-old man in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Machine translations of a statement from the Saudi Ministry of Health (MOH) cited 11 MERS cases in Jeddah, including 6 at King Fahd Hospital. It appears that at least some of these were announced previously.

The King Fahd emergency department was closed for 24 hours for disinfection, according to a machine translation posted today on Avian Flu Diary, an infectious disease news blog. It said three contacts of MERS patients at the hospital have tested positive for the virus and are sick, while others have tested positive but have no symptoms.

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