Robert Roos and Lisa Schnirring | Staff Writers | CIDRAP News | Jun 28, 2013
Meanwhile, in a Lancet commentary today, two
experts called for a similar approach in the absence of conclusive data
on MERS-CoV transmission pathways and risks. The piece was written by
Charles D. Gomersall, BSc, MBBS, and Gavin M. Joynt, MD, both of whom
are affiliated with the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the
University of Queensland School of Medicine in Brisbane.
They base their observations on a recent Lancet report on two MERS-CoV
cases in France, involving a man who fell ill after traveling in the
Middle East and another man who contracted the illness after sharing a
hospital room with him.
The authors note that none of 100 healthcare workers exposed to the
first patient get sick, nor did any of 40 community contacts of the
second patient. However, they also observe that in the UK, a person who
had no other exposures caught the virus while visiting a confirmed
case-patient in a hospital for 2½ hours.
"In the absence of conclusive data it would be prudent to isolate
individuals suspected of having MERS-CoV infection and to follow
guidelines for prevention of airborne transmission," say Gomersall and
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