WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

WHO updates MERS-CoV status

The World Health Organization announced on Monday that it has been informed of an additional case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus in Saudi Arabia.

The additional laboratory-confirmed case comes from an 83-year-old man from the Assir region in Saudi Arabia. He became ill on July 17 and is currently in the hospital. The WHO noted that a previously laboratory-confirmed case, also from the Assir region, died.

With the most recent death, the toll has now risen to 46 deaths from MERS-CoV with a total of 91 laboratory-confirmed cases.

The WHO is asking all member states to monitor the current situation and to be particularly aware of acute respiratory infections and review any unusual patterns.

Health care providers are being asked to watch out for the symptoms of MERS-CoV. Recent travelers that are returning from the Middle East should be tested for MERS-CoV if they develop severe acute respiratory infections.

The WHO is also asking that all member states assess and notify the WHO of any new cases of infection. Member states should, as well, pass along any information about potential exposure to the infection and the source of the infection should be quickly identified.

At the moment, the WHO does not advise for any special screening points or advise for any travel or trade restrictions.