- FT#147. 83-year old female. Contact of previous case. Comorbidities. Stable.
- FT#148. 54y. Healthcare worker. Comorbidity. Stable.
- FT#149. 49-year old. Stable.
Since the update doesn't have much detail to speak of, I'll focus on what the release does not have based on my earlier updated wishlist of useful details from the MOH:
- Sex of cases (subsequently identified via Twitter)
- Dates of onset
- Dates of hospitalisation
- Details of contacts
- Type of comorbidities
- Healthcare worker's role
- Location of acquisition (just town)
- Type of laboratory testing
- English translation
- History of contact with animals, types (not detailed) of places visited or other possible exposures that may shed light on acquisition
None of these things would identify the cases (a justifiable concern of Dr Ziad Memish) but would be useful for researchers seeking to better understand the nature and track the spread of MERS.
There may be clues within those details that alert researchers to a nugget that helps explain spread or acquisition or change in disease.
Thanks to Crawford Kilian's @Crof initial tweet and @HelenBranswell and @azizalhinde for clarifying sex of cases.