CIDRAP has published News Scan for Mar 05, 2014: 2 new Saudi MERS cases; Blood test for vCJD; Deadliest foodborne pathogens; Possible Marburg drug; H5N8 in Vietnam. But "Vietnam" should read "South Korea." Excerpt:
Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health (MOH) announced two new Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infections today, one of them fatal.
Few details were available about the patients, according to a statement in Arabic posted on the MOH Web site. Both of them are from Riyadh. One is a 55-year-old man with a chronic health condition who died from his infection, and the other is a 51-year-old man who also suffers from an underlying condition and is hospitalized in an intensive care unit.
No other details were posted, such as any possible exposure to animals. The two new cases bump Saudi Arabia's MERS total to 150 cases, of which 62 were fatal. The country has by far the most cases of any nation reporting infections.
So far the World Health Organization (WHO) has yet to confirm three previous cases reported recently by Saudi Arabia. They involve a 56-year-old woman from Riyadh, a 58-year-old man from Al-Ahsa, and an 81-year-old woman from Riyadh who died. The agency's latest MERS count, updated Feb 28, is 184 cases, including 80 deaths.