Over the weekend and through Monday, February 11, the Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia recorded 10 more cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), including seven in an ongoing outbreak in Wadi ad-Dawasir.
Twenty people have been diagnosed with the Middle East respiratory syndrome-coronavirus (MERS-CoV) over the past few days in Saudi Arabia.
There has been substantial MERS-CoV research since 2012, but significant knowledge gaps persist, especially in epidemiology and natural history of the infection. There have been few rigorous studies of baseline prevalence, transmission, and spectrum of disease.
The announcement, on January 31, raises the Saudi Arabia total to 14 for the month of January.
This brings the total number of recorded cases from various governorates in the Sultanate to 18 since 2013.
Researchers surveilled camels in Egypt, Tunisia, and Senegal to include other domestic mammalian species in contact with infected camels.
A novel drug discovered by researchers from the University of Hong Kong was found effective in treating Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and A/H1N1 influenza, according to the university.
This case underscores the importance of a high index of suspicion of MERS-CoV infection in any febrile patients who present after a trip to the Middle East.
A South Korean couple has been put in quarantine after showing signs of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), officials said December 23.
The new case raises the global total since the virus was first detected in humans in 2012 to 2,277, at least 806 of them fatal.