September 13, 2013
Europe faces a continuing risk of Middle East respiratory syndrome
coronavirus (MERS-CoV) cases, given the ongoing detection of cases in
the Middle East, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
(ECDC) said in a short update on the topic today.
for cases is essential, particularly with expected increased travel to
Saudi Arabia for the Hajj in October," the ECDC said in this week's
Communicable Disease Threats Report for Sep 8 through 14.
put the total number of MERS-CoV cases at 132, with 57 deaths. The
agency reported 108 cases (both symptomatic and asymptomatic) with 47
deaths in Saudi Arabia, which differs from Saudi Arabia's own posted
count of 104 cases and 47 deaths.
"The reason for the discrepancy
between the number of cases reported for Saudi Arabia here and in the
official Saudi Ministry of Health [MOH] website area is unclear and is
being investigated," the ECDC said.
The ECDC global case count of
132 also exceeds the 130 cases listed here 2 days ago in the wake of the
latest Saudi Arabian reports of a total of eight new cases. The World
Health Organization has not issued an update on MERS-CoV cases since Sep