Household MERS in UAE; 3 symptom-free cases in Saudi Arabia
The World Health Organization (WHO) today noted two MERS-CoV cases in household contacts in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), while Saudi health officials noted three asymptomatic cases.
The UAE cases involve roommates living in Abu Dhabi, the WHO said. One died on Apr 16, and the other was identified via contact tracing. The second patient was asymptomatic.
The first MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) patient was a 31-year-old man, whose source of infection is currently under investigation. His case was reported to the WHO on Apr 9, the first MERS case in the UAE since June of 2016. He died from complications of the virus 1 week later.
Contact tracing is still ongoing, and the only information given concerning the roommate is that he has been admitted to a negative-pressure isolation room on a ward in hospital.
The UAE has reported 81 cases of MERS-CoV since 2012. According to the WHO, since September of 2012, there have been 1,938 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV including at least 691 related deaths.
Apr 24 WHO statement
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health (MOH) reported the three MES cases Apr 21, all linked to the recent Wadi Aldwasir hospital outbreak.
The patients were asymptomatic and discovered via contact tracing. Two male expatriates, 50 and 58 years old, were diagnosed as having MERS-CoV and are in stable condition. They are both listed as secondary household contacts of another patient.
The third patient is a 30-year-old male expatriate who worked in the hospital. He also remains in stable condition. The MOH said his infection was acquired at work.
The new cases raise Saudi Arabia's overall total to 1,596 MERS cases, 661 of them fatal. Five people are still being treated for their illnesses.
Apr 21 Saudi MOH report
China's Jilin province reports its first H7N9 influenza case
Jilin province, in northeastern China, has confirmed its first ever case of H7N9 avian flu, according to a report today from Xinhua, China's state news agency.
A 34-year-old man in Tonghua city is hospitalized in severe condition, provincial health officials said. The report did not specify any contact with poultry or other known risk factors.
Chinese authorities have now reported at least 640 cases in the unprecedented fifth wave of the virus since cases were first reported in people. The total for 2016-17 includes at least 186 deaths.
Apr 24 Xinhua report
Apr 21 CIDRAP News story "China's H7N9 cases spike, led by infections in Beijing"