Via CIDRAP: News Scan for May 14, 2015. And there's a lot of news; here's just one item:
Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health (MOH), which reported 9 MERS-CoV cases on May 11, has added 3 more in the past 3 days and reported 2 deaths in previously reported cases as it is apparently grappling with a Web site failure, switching to a new—and detail-limited—reporting system, or both.
On May 12 the agency reported one new case of MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) in Riyadh. But it provided only an outbreak map in Arabic on a new site (http://www.wecanstopthis.com/en), while its traditional reporting site has remained inactive since May 11.
The MOH also provided no table with details, as has been its custom, so no further information is available about the May 12 case. The new site also provides no access to archived daily MERS-CoV reports. The agency made no announcement of the changes.
Yesterday the MOH confirmed two more cases, this time with details. The first patient is a 49-year-old man who is hospitalized in a ward in Riyadh. He is not a health worker and reported no exposure history.
The second patient is a 61-year-old man hospitalized in an intensive care unit in Hofuf. He had both exposure to camels and indirect exposure to camels, possibly through another person. He is not a household contact of a confirmed case-patient, however, and had no exposure in a healthcare setting. He also is not a health worker.
On May 11 the MOH reported four MERS cases in Hofuf that may be part of a family cluster. Yesterday's patient is not part of that cluster, since he had no contact with a household member with MERS-CoV.
Today the MOH reported the MERS-related death of a patient in Riyadh without divulging further information. It listed the country's MERS-CoV total as 999 cases, 433 deaths, and 14 patients still undergoing treatment.
In connection with the MERS page, my spies tell me the pause is temporary while they overhaul the site. I'll believe it when I see it.