Monday, 6 May 2013

Speaking of things we know little about...HCoV

HCoV-EMC cases have risen by three to a total of 30 (FluTrackers are running a nice tally). 

The latest severe acute respiratory illness (SARI) cases occur in Al-Ahsa and comprise a cluster of 13 cases. This is becoming a rapidly developing situation given that 18 cases have died overall

The spectre of underlying disease lurks here as it does with H7N9 but the evidence for human-to-human transmission seems more clear than for the flu. 

No host and little patient detail are also features of this outbreak.