TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

ECDC gives update on global MERS-CoV cases

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) released a report on Wednesday detailing the spread of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) since April 2012.

The report found that 842 cases of MERS-CoV were recorded this year as of July 2, including 322 deaths.

Health authorities in Saudi Arabia reported 25 cases of MERS-CoV since the beginning of June. Iran and the UAE reported one case each, a decline in the number of cases.

The vast majority of MERS-CoV cases worldwide have been reported in Saudi Arabia, with 714 since 2012. Two other Middle Eastern countries, the UAE and Jordan, follow Saudi Arabia with 71 and 18 cases, respectively.

In the West, the United Kingdom has seen four cases of MERS-CoV, including three deaths. Germany, France and the Netherlands recorded two cases each.

The U.S. has reported two MERS-CoV cases with no deaths from the disease.

Overall, the ECDC study recorded a decline in MERS-CoV cases worldwide in recent weeks.

The ECDC said in an earlier report that the risk of importation of MERS-CoV to the European Union is expected to continue, although the risk of secondary transmission of the disease is low.

Most cases of MERS-CoV are characterized by an acute respiratory illness with a cough, fever or shortness of breath.