MERS-CoV Taif Death Increases KSA Death Total To 29
June 16, 2013
Died today in a hospital of King Abdul Aziz Specialist Hospital in Taif Saudi elderly at the age of 65 years after being infected with the “Corona”, the deceased was suffering from chronic diseases.
The sources pointed out that there are other cases infected with Corona Hospital, another Saudi woman at the age of 68 years and is currently lying in intensive care and are subject to medical follow-up
The above translation provides an update for the two recently confirmed MERS-CoV cases in Taif (see map). One case (65F) has died, increasing the death toll in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to 29.
Although there are currently 46 confirmed cases, only 7 have recovered, while 10 remain hospitalized on life support. The case fatality rate (CFR) for cases with outcomes is now at 81%. This rate is markedly higher than MERS-CoV onward transmission cases outside of the Middle East. Three of the cases (1 in England and 2 in Tunisia) have recovered without treatment or hospitalization, while two in Italy recovered after a brief hospitalization. The only death had a serious underlying condition (brain tumor), and one case in France) remains hospitalized.
The dramatic difference in the CFR for cases with outcomes in the KSA, and those were infected in England, France, Tunisia, and Italy, raises concerns that KSA testing is largely focused on hospitalized cases, and milder cases, including contacts, are largely missed.