Via CIDRAP, Lisa Schnirring writes: Saudi Arabia reports 9 more MERS cases, 2 deaths. Excerpt:
Saudi Arabia's health ministry reported 9 more Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) cases over the past 2 days, at least 4 of them in health workers, along with 2 more deaths, 1 of them apparently involving a male nurse whose illness was announced last week.
According to a machine translation of a Saudi Ministry of Health (MOH) statement yesterday, an investigation of 356 samples of patients and contacts over the past week yielded positive samples for three health workers, all of whom were in stable condition or asymptomatic. The MOH said a doctor working in Jeddah is now healthy, but it's not clear if the doctor is one of the three health workers who tested positive for MERS-CoV.
The statement also reports the death of a health worker, who appears to be a 26-year-old from Jeddah whose illness was first announced by the MOH on Apr 1. At that time the MOH said the patient was in the intensive care unit.
In a separate announcement today, the MOH confirmed four more cases from Jeddah. They include a 28-year-old man who is hospitalized in intensive care, a 32-year-old health worker who has no symptoms, and two more adults ages 35 and 33 who are asymptomatic.