The case reported earlier today has drawn almost no attention in the rest of the Arabic media—even in Jordan. So here is the original report in Al-Rai: «Health» declares emergency after the death of two young men as «swine flu and Koruna». Excerpt from a Google translation:
Ministry of Health announced a state of emergency and raised the level of monitoring beware of viral (Koruna and swine flu) after recording two deaths new both diseases last week.
confirmed director of health care at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Bassam Hijjawi said in remarks to the «opinion» that viral Koruna and swine flu deployed environment Jordan after the two deaths last for two young Ppalarbaan old one CZK and the second swine flu which made the ministry raises the levels of caution and monitoring their monitoring in all regions of the Kingdom.
warned Hijjawi of dangerous diseases, especially after the WHO reported that doctors in Egypt died from transmission of swine flu to them to mix with cases of infected treated her.
the Ministry of Health has informed the World Health Organization the return of patients (Koruna and swine flu) to the Kingdom.
Regarding the procedures of the Ministry of Health said Hijjawi: teams ministry has examined 100 people who Khalthm or deal with them patient during his illness, noting that the majority of those who were examined health staff that had contact and treated the injured.
said that the results of analyzes of all samples of the cases examined were negative \ is infected stressing Hijjawi the laboratories of the Ministry of Health are eligible to hold detect viral (Koruna and swine flu) and are available have all the reagents that define the nature of the virus.
said Hijjawi that the ministry was unable to determine the method of transmission of infection to the case of a person with CZK likely he suffered an infection of the virus when he was out of the country two months before the onset of symptoms it where injured symptoms satisfactory in its respiratory system and has taken much, it who enter on the track to the hospital and that he was suffering from a disease leukemia blood and weakness in the immune system.
If I understand this translation, the authorities are speculating that the MERS patient was out of the country two months ago. This sounds unlikely: first, two months seems like a long incubation time, and second, Jordan saw the very first known MERS cases, in April 2012. So if the source is known to be in the country, why speculate on foreign sources?
It sounds as if the Jordanians are keenly aware of MERS's ability to infect healthcare personnel; they say they checked 100 of them who had contact with this patient.
We still don't know some critical details: When did this man fall ill, and where? How long was he in hospital? When did he test positive for MERS? When did he die? We may learn a little more when WHO reports officially on this case.