Via his VDU's blog, Dr. Ian Mackay writes: MERS-CoV charting on hold after 113 new cases reported without details... Excerpt:
With the announcement overnight that a bunch (133 detections including 92 fatal cases) of old laboratory confirmed MERS-CoV detection had been found, but without any specific data to identify them, I will not be posting any further MERS-related charts. I believe there is a big WHO Disease Outbreak News update coming soon and it will provide all the detail - we bloggers will need to take a week off from our day jobs to add this detail to our line lists - but I'll resume charts some time after those data appear.
This is all obviously being dumped at the feet of the stood down Deputy Minister of Public Health whose reputation for total control was well reported. Let's not forget that Minister, Abdullah al-Rabeeah, was stood down 21-April by King Abdullah. While Prof Memish obviously loved a good paper, and that was his chosen method of science communication (I've talked about that as a less-than-ideal route for public health matters), but I personally have no evidence for or against the scope of his control over this latest debacle.
This is Acting Health Minister Adel Faqih's second try for "transparency" in reporting MERS. On the first try, we were all impressed with the new details, until the details began to vanish and the infographics had nothing new. This time we have tables plus infographics, and one big announcement, but we need a lot more.