Sunday, September 1, 2013

PRO/AH/EDR> MERS-CoV - Eastern Mediterranean (64): Saudi Arabia, WHO

[The comments on the ProMED reports below (in brackets)  are on the same lines as my comments made in this post]

Published Date: 2013-08-31 22:42:28
Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> MERS-CoV - Eastern Mediterranean (64): Saudi Arabia, WHO
Archive Number: 20130831.1915636

In this update:
[1] Saudi Arabia, new fatality
[2] Global update - WHO

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[1] Saudi Arabia, new fatality
Date: Sat 31 Aug 2013
Source: Arab News [edited]

MERS virus claims 2nd Jeddah victim
A 55-year-old Jeddah man suffering from renal failure died of complications from Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) at a Madinah hospital. His death brings the number of patients worldwide killed by the virus to 49 [51].

[While this newswire is a bit confusing due to outdated information on the global total, the new information here is the death of one of the 1st confirmed cases in Madinah (and reported in the WHO update below, and in the 30 Aug 2013 ProMED-mail post MERS-CoV - Eastern Mediterranean (63): Saudi Arabia, new cases, WHO 20130829.1911345). This newly reported death raises the global total of deaths to 51, out of 108 laboratory-confirmed infections with the MERS-CoV. Communicated by:
ProMED-mail Rapporteur Marianne Hopp

[2] Global update - WHO
Date: Fri 30 Aug 2013
Source: WHO Global Alert and Response [edited]
[According to the press release announcing the death of the 55-year-old male from Medina (Madinah), the individual was from Jeddah. It is not clear from the newswire information if the individual was just visiting Medina or if the individual was living in Medina but originally was from Jeddah. If the former, information on the dates of travel would be important in establishing possible locations of transmission of the MERS-CoV.

In the 30 Aug 2013 ProMED-mail post announcing these 4 newly confirmed infections with MERS-CoV there was mention of possible intra-hospital contact between the 55-year-old Saudi male (whose death was announced today in the Gulf Times report above) in Medina (Madinah), and the 59-year-old Qatari male with a history of onset of illness while travelling in Saudi Arabia. More information on the investigations into possible routes of contact/infection would be greatly appreciated. - Mod.MPP

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