ProMED: New cases of MERS and Ebola

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Epidemics can occur anywhere, at any time.

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Saudi Arabia

Outbreak Update

Saudi Ministry of Health, 23-27 September 2019

Since the last update (22 September), there have been 2 newly confirmed cases of MERS-CoV infection reported by Saudi Arabia.

Information on newly confirmed cases:

Date of confirmation report: 25 Sep 2019
Case no.: 19-1950
MERS in Unaizah city: 74-year-old male in Unaizah city, Qassim region
Contact with camels: Unknown
Case classification: Primary
Current status: Active

Date of confirmation report: 27 Sep 2019
Case no.: 19-1951
MERS from Afeef city: a 41-year-old male from Afeef city, Riyadh region
Contact with camels: Unknown
Case classification: Primary
Current status: Active

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North Kivu and Ituri provinces, DRC

Outbreak Update

CMRE Team, 26 September 2019

Epidemiological situation in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri on 25 Sep 2019:
Since the beginning of the epidemic, the cumulative number of cases is 3178, of which 3066 are confirmed and 112 are probable. In total, there were 2126 deaths (2014 confirmed and 112 probable) and 981 people recovered.
483 suspected cases under investigation;
3 new confirmed cases, including no cases in North Kivu and 3 in Ituri, including 2 in Mandima and 1 in Mambasa;
1 new confirmed death in Ituri in Mandima;
4 persons recovered left the Ebola treatment center (ETC) including 3 in North Kivu, notably 2 in Beni and 1 in Katwa, as well as 1 in Ituri at Komanda;
No health worker is among the new confirmed cases. The cumulative number of confirmed/probable cases among health workers is 160 (5% of all confirmed/probable cases), including 41 deaths.

Outbreak Response

Since the beginning of the epidemic, the total number of travelers checked (temperature rise) at the sanitary control points is 98 818 462;

To date, a total of 111 entry points (PoE) and sanitary control points (PoCs) have been set up in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri to protect the country's major cities and prevent the spread of the epidemic in neighboring countries.

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