MERS tallies grow in Jeddah and UAE

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
By Paul Martin

Robert Roos
CIDRAP News
Apr 15, 2014

Saudi Arabia tried to soothe worries about the country’s Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) situation today as an outbreak in Jeddah increased by five cases, while the World Health Organization (WHO) said the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has reported a cluster of 10 cases in healthcare workers (HCWs) in recent days.

The new cases in Jeddah include one death and three infections in HCWs, according to a machine translation of a statement from the Saudi Ministry of Health (MOH). The case count in Jeddah since late March has exceeded 30.

The WHO noted the 10 UAE cases via Twitter, saying the country’s health ministry reported the cases Apr 13 and 14. It was not immediately clear if the 10 cases included the 6 cases in Filipino HCWs that were reported by the UAE Interior Ministry on Apr 11.

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