Saturday, 12 April 2014

Animal contacts among Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) cases: UPDATE

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An update of the total number of cases where animal contact or exposure has been noted. 

Such mentions seem to have been on the rise since October 2013, but the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) still has the lowest proportion of mentions among the list, despite the greatest number of MERS-CoV cases overall. 

Perhaps this disparity reflects a greater number of healthcare-associated (infected workers and hospital-acquired infections) transmission chains compared to other countries.

My last post on this back in 21-Mar-2014, was focussed on camels alone but this one differs in that it includes all animal mentions. Camels are most often identified though; 71% (15 of 21) of al cases noting animal exposure of any sort. 

Total cases with "animal" mentioned, according to my database, includes 21 distinct cases.