TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

Cases of MERS-CoV up to 160 cases worldwide

The Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus is now up to 160 cases worldwide, including 130 cases from Saudi Arabia, the European Centre for Disease Control said in an epidemiological update on Monday.

The first case of MERS-CoV was identified in June 2012 in a previously healthy 60-year-old man from Saudi Arabia. As of Friday, all cases of MERS-CoV either occurred in the Middle East or were directly linked to a primary case infected in the Middle East.

In the Middle East, 130 cases occurred in Saudi Arabia, including 55 deaths. There were seven cases in Qatar, including three deaths, six cases in United Arab Emirates, including two deaths, and two cases in Jordan, which both resulted in death. The second week of November saw two cases in Kuwait without any deaths and one case in Oman, which led to the death of the infected individual.

There were 12 cases reported outside of the Middle East, including four in the United Kingdom, three in Tunisia, two in Germany, two in France and one in Italy. The primary case for each chain began with infection in the Middle East. There were also two probable cases recently reported from Spain.

As of Friday, the case to fatality ratio was 43 percent and increased with age.

While several recent Arabian Peninsula cases reported camel or animal exposures, the significance of the finding is unclear. Sustained human-to-human transmission of MERS-CoV has yet to be observed.

The ECDC is continuing to monitor information on the MERS-CoV situation.