Via CIDRAP, Robert Roos writes: MERS reaches Netherlands; 2 Florida patients cleared. Excerpt:
A Reuters report today said a man who returned from Saudi Arabia to the Netherlands has been hospitalized with a MERS-CoV infection in The Hague. The story gave no other details about the patient or his illness.
A machine-translated statement from the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, however, said the man is in stable condition and that all his contacts have been identified and are being monitored. The statement was posted on Avian Flu Diary, an infectious disease blog.
The case makes the Netherlands the 19th country to report a MERS infection. All cases in countries outside the Middle East have been linked directly or indirectly to that region. Other European nations that have had cases are the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, and Greece.
Florida patients test negative
Meanwhile, two Florida healthcare workers who experienced flu-like symptoms after having unprotected contact with the United States' second MERS-CoV patient have tested negative for the virus, an official at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital in Orlando said in an e-mailed statement today.
One of the two hospital staff members was hospitalized on May 12, and the other was discharged the same day, according to Katie Dagenais, MA, the hospital's media relations manager.
Yesterday hospital officials said the two workers had been exposed to the MERS patient before his infection was suspected. One of them got sick just 24 hours after exposure, and the other had symptoms 72 hours after exposure.
Test results were still awaited for 18 other health workers at the hospital, Dagenais said.