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Robert Roos of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy reports WHO fills in blanks in blanks on 113 MERS cases in Saudi Arabia, revealing that 34 of those cases were fatal not 92 as reported by the Saudi's announcement.

The WHO reported that most of the cases occurred since the beginning of March and that more than a third involved healthcare workers (HCWs). The agency also said the new details do not change the general pattern of the MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) outbreak.

The original Saudi announcement on Jun 3 caused considerable surprise and puzzlement. The Ministry of Health (MOH) said at the time that the cases were revealed through a rigorous examination of all the agency's MERS data. At that point, the new numbers increased the country's case count by almost 20% and its death toll by 48%. The agency gave no details at the time about the case locations, ages, symptoms, or nature of exposure.

Subsequently, MOH officials told news services that the cases had not been reported in a more timely way because some hospitals and labs didn't pass their test results to the ministry.

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The World Health Organization explained that the 92  deaths reported by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health included deaths from previous cases and only some of those deaths were from the recent 113 cases.  

41 of the 113 were contracted in a healthcare setting.

WHO reports the global MERS case count  is now 820 confirmed cases with 286 deaths.

MERS is a corona virus related to SARS.

Concerns have been raised about the millions of people coming to Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj at a time when Saudi Arabia is dealing with an ongoing low level MERS outbreak, but so far no plans have been announced for any changes.

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    Humor Alert! No statement from this UID is intended to be true, including this one. Intended for recreational purposes only. Unauthorized interpretations may lead to unexpected results. This waiver void where prohibited. Artistic License - 420420

    by HoundDog on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 02:40:50 PM PDT

  •  That picture reminded me to check the calendar (3+ / 0-)
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    HoundDog, G2geek, jan4insight

    Holy <bleep> Ramadan starts today. That's millions of potential exposures to MERS that could travel to dozens of countries. Hang on to your seats, this could be a bumpy ride.

    GOP 2014 strategy -- Hire clowns, elephants, and a ringmaster and say "a media circus" has emerged and blame Democrats for lack of progress. Have pundits agree that "both sides are to blame" and hope the public will stay home on election day.

    by ontheleftcoast on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 02:51:46 PM PDT

    •  My correction comment vanished... (4+ / 0-)
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      HoundDog, G2geek, jan4insight, Amber6541

      Ramadan isn't the month of the hajj but when that does happen I hope the Saudi's have a plan in place for dealing with the potential outbreak.

      GOP 2014 strategy -- Hire clowns, elephants, and a ringmaster and say "a media circus" has emerged and blame Democrats for lack of progress. Have pundits agree that "both sides are to blame" and hope the public will stay home on election day.

      by ontheleftcoast on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 02:54:46 PM PDT

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  •  MERS + ebola = ??? !!! (1+ / 0-)
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    ontheleftcoast

    Saudi gov has been cancelling travel visas of people from the Ebola affected countries in West Africa.  That's a smart move.

    But one has to wonder: what happens if someone contracts both viruses?  What happens if the viruses come into contact with each other?  

    We got the future back. Uh-oh.

    by G2geek on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 05:11:28 PM PDT

  •  any time an outbreak occurs... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... is a good time to review your household preparedness:

    1)  Two weeks' worth of water, minimum two gallons per person per day.

    2)  Two weeks' worth of no-cook food: canned foods, MREs, dry foods such as cereals.

    3)  A month's worth of sanitary supplies such as toilet paper, soap, paper towels (even if you don't normally use paper towels), feminine hygiene products, household cleaning supplies, kitty litter if needed, etc.

    4)  A month's worth of prescription medications.

    5)  First-aid kit with the usual supplies.

    6)  Sufficient clean clothes to last 2 weeks even if this means wearing everything for 2-3 days in a row.

    7)  Gasoline tanks kept at least half-full or electric vehicle batteries fully charged each day.

    8)  LED flashlights and battery powered radio, and rechargeable batteries kept fully charged.  

    9)  Crank-powered radio & flashlight.

    10)  Printed lists of all important phone numbers.

    11)  Printed copies of important documents all kept in one place.

    12)  Optional depending on expected risks: packed suitcase for "grab & go", otherwise a list of items to pack if needed to evacuate.

    The above are sufficient for many emergencies of the types where it's safe to stay in your house, plus (12) if you have to scoot on short notice.

    We got the future back. Uh-oh.

    by G2geek on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 05:20:54 PM PDT

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