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Published Date: 2013-05-09 10:10:04
Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Novel coronavirus - Eastern Mediterranean (21): Saudi Arabia
Archive Number: 20130509.1701527
NOVEL CORONAVIRUS - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (21): SAUDI ARABIA
Date: Thu 9 May 2013
From: Ziad Memish <email@example.com> [edited]
The investigation of the recent cluster in Alhassa [Al-Hasa or Al-Ahsa],
KSA is still ongoing. Actions implemented and fully applied by 1 May
2013 have been effective to date in preventing NEW cases related to this
cluster from emerging. But in-depth look back and search among contacts
of earlier reported cases and repeat testing of suspected cases
revealed 2 new cases yesterday [8 May 2013]:
- Case 14:
48-year-old male with multiple comorbidities. Start of symptoms 29 Apr
2013 and confirmed by lab testing. He is in stable condition in
Case 15: 58-year-old male with comorbidity. Start of
symptoms 6 Apr 2013. His repeat testing was positive and he fully
recovered and was discharged on 3 May 2013.
The investigation is ongoing and more details will be released as they arise.
Ziad A Memish,MD,FRCP(Can),FRCP(Edin),FRCP(Lond),FACP
Deputy Minister for Public Health
Director WHO Collaborating Center for Mass Gathering Medicine
Ministry of Health
Professor, College of Medicine
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
would like to thank Dr Memish for the rapid sharing of this
information. The addition of these 2 newly identified cases brings the
total number of cases associated with this cluster in Al-Hasa, Eastern
Province to 15.
As with the previously identified 13 cases, these
cases have a history of comorbidities suggesting they were in the
implicated health care facility (HCF) for a different admitting
diagnosis and they were infected with the nCoV while in the HCF.
This brings the global total of confirmed cases of nCoV to 33.
For a map of Saudi Arabia, see http://healthmap.org/r/1HAJ. - Mod.MPP]