I'm back after another temporary outage. Via the National Post, Helen Branswell of The Canadian Press writes: Sharp rise in MERS cases, many human spread, has world health experts concerned. Excerpt:
The World Health Organization is expressing concern about the recent sharp rise in MERS cases in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
The organization is particularly worried about what it calls two significant outbreaks in health-care facilities.
The global case count of infections with MERS virus has skyrocketed this month, with about 140 new cases reported since the beginning of April.
To put that in context, that represents about 41% of all cases of MERS diagnosed since the first known infections in April of 2012.
The WHO statement says about three quarters of the recently diagnosed cases involve person-to-person spread of the virus, with most of these cases being infected in hospitals.
The WHO says it has offered to pull together teams of international experts to help Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates deal with the outbreaks.
The statement, issued by the WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office, says the global health agency believes there are “critical information gaps” related to how the virus is transmitting to and among people.