Friday, August 30, 2013

Asymptomatic MERS Cases Reported in Saudi Children

August 30, 2013

In a statement from ProMed / International Society for Infectious Diseases, Saudi Arabia's Deputy Minister for Public Health has announced two new, asymptomatic (without symptoms) cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, both family members of a 38 year old man who died on August 17 of MERS.

The newest cases are a 7 year old girl and a 16 year old boy. Previous reports have shown that in younger, healthier people, the MERS virus may be mild or asymptomatic.

In other news, the Saudi health official said a 55 year old man who was recently diagnosed with MERS appears to have had contact with one of the Qatari victims in a health care facility in Medina. The other infected man had not left Qatar. 

These and other recent cases have not yet been confirmed by WHO, but according to The Center for Infectious Disease and Policy (CIDRAP), they will bring the latest count of infections to 108 with 50 fatalities.  

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