TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

ECDC states risk of further MERS-CoV infections remains

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control updated its Rapid Risk Assessment on MERS-CoV on Thursday and stated that the risk of infection in Europe still remains.

In the update of the Rapid Risk Assessment on Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, the ECDC said that Europe still risks further infection of the disease. In the update, the ECDC also stated that because the reservoir of the virus is unknown and behavioral risk factors crucial for the spread of the virus remain unknown, sporadic cases may continue to pop up throughout Europe.

As of Thursday, there have been 88 confirmed cases of MERS-CoV worldwide; 45 of these cases have proven to be fatal. All of the cases either occurred in the Middle East or show direct links to a case from the Middle East. So far, Saudi Arabia has reported 68 cases, including 38 deaths, Jordan two cases and the United Arab Emirates five cases. Thirteen cases have been reported in Europe, with chains linking them to the Middle East.

The update advised that travelers headed to the Middle East need to be aware of MERS-CoV and take precautions. Travelers that show symptoms of the virus are urged to seek medical attention and share their travel history with the proper authorities.