Although most of the MERS-CoV reportage the past week has centered around Jeddah (see Saudi MOH Statement On Jeddah Cluster), the Riyadh region continues to provide its share of Coronavirus reports as well. On April 2nd we saw a report of 2 cases in the Saudi Capital, and overnight the MOH has announced an additional 4 cases there.
Unlike in Jeddah, where some cases have been described as asymptomatic, all four of these cases are serious enough to require intensive care, and one has proven fatal.
In the context of the work of epidemiological investigation and ongoing follow-up carried out by the Ministry of Health for the virus, "Corona" that causes respiratory syndrome Middle East MERS CoV Ministry announces the registration of four cases of HIV infection in Riyadh.
The first citizen at the age of 45 years and is currently receiving treatment in intensive care while the second case, they are a citizen at the age of 51 years old and suffering from chronic diseases and are currently receiving treatment in intensive care.
The third case was a citizen at the age of 90 Snao also suffering from chronic diseases and are currently receiving treatment in intensive care, asking God to all of them a speedy recovery.
The fourth case they are a citizen at the age of 57 years old and had been suffering from chronic diseases has passed away may he rest in peace and rest his soul in peace.
Over the past week Saudi Arabia’s MOH has reported 13 new cases - including 3 fatalities – igniting fresh concerns not only in the health sector, but in the public as well.
Although bats are still suspected as being the virus’s primary host, camels are assumed to be an intermediary host and a potential source of exposure to humans. The precise mechanism of how humans are being exposed to the virus remains elusive (and indeed, may consist of more than one route).
In an attempt to try to reduce exposure to camels, the Governor of Jeddah has ordered Camels to be off streets as precaution against MERS, and has warned against the `haphazard’ sale of camel’s milk.
While not a proven source of infection, on Monday in EID Journal: Stability Of MERS-CoV In Milk, we saw a study that showed the virus could remain viable in mild for over 48 hours, making that route at least plausible.
Despite repeated government assurances that the situation is `stable’ and that all measures are being taken to contain the virus, the Arabic media has become noticeably more outspoken in its coverage of MERS cases in recent days.