Thursday, April 24, 2014

UAE Reports Nine More MERS Cases

Nine new MERS infections reported in Abu Dhabi, UAE
The United Arab Emirates' Ministry of Health has reported nine new MERS cases. This continues a month outbreaks, clusters and three additional countries where MERS has been found.

All of the cases announced today are from the Abu Dhabi area and none have traveled or been exposed to animals recently.

According to Infection Control Today, six of the cases involve a cluster who were exposed to a laboratory confirmed case on April 10. They are currently being held in isolation and testing of family members and health care workers is continuing.

The members of this cluster range from 28 to 59 years old. Four have mild symptoms, the other two show no symptoms. The group is evenly divided between men and women.

The three remaining cases are all women between 52 and 73 years old. All have underlying medical conditions.

Two appear to have been exposed while visiting hospitals. One was an in-patient at an Abu Dhabi facility for an unrelated illness and is currently in ICU and the other had visited a hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia three times during a recent trip.

The last case reported is a 63 year old woman who is a close contact of a previously confirmed case.

The UAE has reported 45 MERS infections to date.

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