Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Snapdate: MERS-CoV detections by where they were probably acquired...

...yeah its "probably" because sometimes it's just not clear to anyone. I've about 14 (554 in total) more cases attributed to a likely source in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) compared to the Ministry of Health tally on their website (540), but such is life.

Anyway, I haven't updated this chart for 17-days (woah - sorry about that). The latest version now has the two major hospital-related outbreaks shown in pink - I'm still liking the Janadriyah festival as the possible source of community cases that then filter back throughout the country as visitors and tourists return to different areas or travel afterwards for other reasons. That would be on my 2015's "festivals that need to be tweaked to avoid camel contact" list.

As per yesterday's post, these accumulation curves highlight that new detections of MERS-CoV have slowed right down in the KSA and in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). However, the UAE are now the reporting slow pokes, if the last batch posted by the World Health Organization is anything to go by, so we should stay tuned to what's happening there (and also stay tuned to the extent of upper respiratory tract signs and symptoms in those cases which continue to bug me).

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