Friday, September 6, 2013

#MERS Tunisia Victim Confirmed Positive Thru CDC - WHO Update

From our latest WHO Update:
4 September 2013  WHO has been informed of an additional two laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

The first case was notified by the Ministry of Health in Tunisia. The patient was a 66-year-old man who became ill on 1 May 2013 and died on 10 May 2013. The patient was earlier announced as a probable case while his daughter and son were laboratory-confirmed with MERS-CoV (DON published on 22 May 2013).  Laboratory-confirmation on the case was recently conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Here's the case from my list:
Date of Report:  5/20/13
Name:  66(M)**
From:  Monastir, Tunisia
Onset:  4/30
Adm:  Fatima Bourguiba Hospital in Monastir
Sym’s on Adm: acute respiratory insufficiency
Confirmed:  Negative (initial test)  Positive thru CDC 9/5/13 (link:
Note:  Ministry of Health communique issued 5/20/13.
Returned from trip to Saudi Arabia & Qatar late March.  Became ill 5 days later.   1 Son traveled to Qatar. 1 lives in Tunisia & had not traveled.  Both adult children confirmed.   Case had diabetes. 
WHO Update:
WHO Update:
DOD:  5/10/13

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