Sunday, 25 August 2013

MERS-CoV-positive Qatari man did not return from umrah, but developed symptoms while travelling [UPDATED]

Hat tip to crofsblogs and FluTrackers

Perhaps an indication that MERS-CoV was circulating in pilgrims returning home from umrah. 

A recent news article notes that the patient in Qatar was probably infected outside Qatar; probably the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) where he was performing umrah. [We now know this person was only travelling out of Qatar for 6-days - more likely he was incubating before he left Qatar]

My epidemiology list (102 confirmed cases; 48 deaths) that this cases is a KSA acquisition and so won't add to the Qatar numbers. [See post 30/08/13; cases now moved to Qatar tally]

Oh well, that still leaves 4,799,999 pilgrims MES-CoV free right?

Updated with information from WHO disease outbreak news update, 29/08/2013.