At CIDRAP, Robert Roos ends the week with a routinely excellent post: WHO: Infection control gaps helped fuel UAE MERS surge. Excerpt (but read the whole report):
Infection control breaches led a list of factors that contributed to the April surge of MERS-CoV cases in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the World Health Organization (WHO) said today after a team of WHO and partner experts spent 5 days assessing the situation there.
The UAE has reported 70 MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) cases, according to a report yesterday from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). About 40 of those were identified in April, and many involved healthcare workers, says a case list maintained by FluTrackers, an infectious disease news message board.
Meanwhile, no new MERS cases were reported in Saudi Arabia or elsewhere today as of this writing. The Saudi health ministry's MERS Web site was down much of the day.
And both the WHO in its UAE report and a UK expert contacted by CIDRAP News underscored the need for case-control studies in the region.