ProMED Disease Outbreak Update

02 Jul 2019

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Dromedary camels in Wahiba Sands. Dromedaries are known to be the animal reservoir that intermittently transmits MERS-CoV to humans.

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MERS in Saudi Arabia, Ebola in DRC

Information available within this Disease Outbreak Update is produced by Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED).

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MERS

Location

Saudi Arabia (Al Madinah, Al Qasim, Riyadh)

Outbreak Update

Saudi Arabia (Al Madinah, Al Qaṣim, Riyadh), 20-27 Jun 2019 – MOH

In the 8 days since the last update (MERS-CoV (55): EMRO, WHO update 20190619.6529079) there have been 3 newly confirmed cases of MERS-CoV infection reported from Saudi Arabia and 4 outcomes (1 death and 3 recoveries).

Information on newly confirmed cases (3):

[1]
Date of confirmation report: 20 Jun 2019
Case No: 19-1931
MERS from Madinah City: a 70-year-old male from Madinah city, Madinah region
Contact with camels: Yes
Case classification: Primary
Date of outcome report: 26 Jun 2019
Outcome: Recovered

[2]
Date of confirmation report: 22 Jun 2019
Case No: 19-1932
MERS from AlRass City: a 42-year-old male from AlRass city, Qassim region
Contact with camels: Yes
Case classification: Primary
Current status: Active

[3]
Date of confirmation report: 27 Jun 2019
Case No: 19-1933
MERS from Riyadh City: a 38-year-old male in Riyadh city, Riyadh region
Contact with camels: Yes
Case classification: Primary
Current status: Active

Information on outcome reports (4)
Fatality (1):

Case No: 19 -1930, Date of initial confirmation report: 14 Jun 2019. A 71-year-old female from Riyadh city, Riyadh region. Classified as a secondary case with history of contact with previously confirmed case (unspecified as to type of contact case as yet). Date of outcome report: 26 Jun 2019. Outcome: died

Recoveries (3)

[1] Case No: 19 -1927. Date of initial confirmation report: 9 Jun 2019. A 55-year-old male from Qusaiba, Al Qasim region. Classified as a secondary case with history of contact with previously confirmed case (unspecified as to type of contact case as yet). Date of outcome report: 23 Jun 2019. Outcome: recovered

[2] Case No: 19 -1929, Date of initial confirmation report: 10 Jun 2019. A 28-year-old male from Unaizah, Al Qaṣim region. Classified as a primary case with a history of contact with camels. Date of outcome report: 23 Jun 2019. Outcome: recovered

[3] Case No: 18 -1931, Date of initial confirmation report: 20 Jun 2019. A 70-year-old male from Madinah, Al Madinah region. Classified as a primary case with a history of contact with camels. Date of outcome report: 26 Jun 2019. Outcome: recovered

Disease Research

Ribavirin and Interferon Therapy for Critically Ill Patients with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome: A multicenter observational study

The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of ribavirin and recombinant interferon (RBV/rIFN) therapy on the outcomes of critically ill patients with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) accounting for time-varying confounders.

See the full paper here

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Ebola

Location

North Kivu, Ituri, DRC

Outbreak Update

Mon 24 Jun 2019. Epidemiological situation report, DRC Ministry of Health

The epidemiological situation of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri dated 27 Jun 2019:
Since the beginning of the epidemic, the cumulative number of cases is 2297, of which 2203 are confirmed and 94 are probable. In total, there were 1553 deaths (1459 confirmed and 94 probable) and 641 people recovered.
364 suspected cases under investigation;
13 new confirmed cases, including 7 in Beni, 3 in Masereka, 1 in Mabalako, 1 in Biena and 1 in Kulunguta;
13 new confirmed case deaths: 4 community deaths, including 3 in Beni and 1 in Biena; 9 deaths in Ebola treatment centers (ETCs), including 3 in Beni, 2 in Mabalako, 2 in Butembo and 2 in Katwa;
4 people recovered from ETCs, including 3 in Beni and 1 in Butembo.

See also WHO Disease Outbreak News, 27 June 2019

Outbreak Response

144 549 vaccinated persons
69 851 742 people under control
125 contaminated health workers (including 40 deaths)

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