MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

MERS-CoV confirmed in Iran

The first two cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) were recently confirmed in Iran in tests by the National IHR Focal Point of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The virus was found in two sisters, one 50-years-old, the other 52-years-old. Both sisters became ill on May 11.

The 52-year-old was admitted to the hospital on the same day and is in critical condition. She had an underlying medical condition and was known to have been in contact with a woman who had an influenza-like illness. The woman also traveled to Saudi Arabia and has not been known to have close contact with animals.

The 50-year-old was admitted to the hospital on May 17 and is in stable condition. Like her sister, she had an underlying medical condition and no contact with animals, however, she had not traveled. She was in close contact with her sister.

The Iranian Centre for Disease Control is currently investigating those who were in contact with the infected women.

So far, there have been 683 cases of MERS-CoV confirmed globally. There have been 204 deaths related to the disease. Since May 19, there have been 44 laboratory-confirmed MERS-CoV tests reported to WHO by Saudi Arabia.