Sunday, April 27, 2014

Egypt Ramps Up MERS Surveillance At Local Ports



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If there is a MERS-centric topic trending in the Arabic press this morning, it revolves around Egypt’s imported MERS case (see Crof’s Report from yesterday), and increased surveillance ordered at all ports of entry, particularly for those arriving from Saudi Arabia.

This morning, there are media reports of another suspected case being quarantined and tested at the Cairo airport, and of an `Emergency Declaration’ at all Egyptian ports of entry.


First, the report from the Cairo Airport – with the caveat that right now,  anyone arriving from Saudi Arabia who has a fever, or displays any signs of  illness is probably going to be quickly quarantined and tested. Meaning,  we will likely see far more people tested than will actually prove positive for the virus.


«Stone airport» suspected injury to passengers «Corona»

Hussein wrote Khanki

Sunday, April 27th, 2014 13:40

Suspected quarantine management at Cairo airport on Sunday, in the Egyptian passengers, coming from Saudi Arabia, to be infected with a virus «Corona».

According to a source familiar with the passenger Abdel Moneim Suleiman, arrived on board a Saudi plane, coming from Jeddah, where the hair condition of fatigue.

With the signing of a medical examination, a doctor suspected in quarantine infected with HIV «Corona», is transferred to the passenger to a hospital diets, to conduct the necessary tests to follow up the case, and make sure negative infection.


In a related story, Al Bayan reports:


Egypt: declaration of emergency in all ports because of Corona

Date: April 27, 2014

The Ministry of Health in Egypt - after the discovery of the case of infection with the coronavirus - a state of emergency all Egypt ports.

Television's correspondent in the Egyptian Ministry of Health said the case of infection with Corona announced by the ministry today is a citizen of the Eastern Province was living in Saudi Arabia.

The Ministry of Health announced earlier today the discovery of the first cases of infection in the hospital admitted Corona Abbasid.



Meanwhile, the Egyptian Ministry of Health has posted details on the imported MERS case, first reported on Friday.



The Ministry of Health confirmed the first case of new koruna virus known as respiratory syndrome middle (MERS-cov).

The situation of a young 27-year-old civil engineer working in Saudi Arabia four years ago and lives in the city of Riyadh

-Suspected situation through quarantine team to Cairo International Airport and transferred directly to the ambulance to hospital abasiyya with preventive measures for infection control in the early morning hours of 25 April 2014.

Where the patient is booked in quarantine (quarantine) on arrival at the hospital, was taking a swab of nose and throat and spit sample sent to a central laboratory for examination.

-The result of a positive sample for virus koruna on 26/4/2014.

History of case:

The patient's symptoms began in Saudi Arabia on 22 April 2014, which was suffering from a high temperature, cough and pain in muscles and joints, fatigue and diarrhea.

-Frequency of patient care hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and the situation at the hospital is reserved and analyses (blood, liver and kidney functions – chest), an x-ray showed pneumonia.

-Out-patient of the hospital and back to the Republic of Egypt Arabic to Cairo airport at 12: 30 am on 25 April 2014.

Clinical status of the patient:

-The corresponding patient by a hospital dietician abasiyya and chest specialist hospital released the Abbasid and reported that the patient has pneumonia right and the general situation stable.

Risk factors:

-Contacts of the case was confirmed by a Slovakian was reserved to a hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia during the past 14 days.

Source: Media Center

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