Epidemiological update on MERS-CoV from South Korea

Epidemiological update on MERS-CoV | Courtesy of wikipedia.org

The South Korean Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported a new Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) case.

The patient is a 68-year-old man who recently traveled to the Middle East. He was in Bahrain between April 18 and 29, the United Arab Emirates between April 29 and 30, Bahrain for a second time between April 30 and May 1, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia between May 1 and 2, Bahrain for a third time on May 2 and Qatar between May 2 and 3.

The patient traveled from Qatar to the Incheon International airport, located in Korea, on May 4. At that time, he did not show any symptoms. He developed a fever and cough on May 11, and between May 12 and 15, he went to an outpatient clinic for medical care. On May 15, he was hospitalized. on May 17, he was discharged and immediately readmitted to a different hospital after going to the emergency department. On May 20, he received positive test results for MERS-CoV. At that time he was sent to the nationally designated facility for isolation.

The patient does not have a history of being exposed to known risk factors during the two weeks the case was undetected. Health professionals are conducted an ongoing investigation into the source of the infection.

There have been 11 secondary cases reported, as of May 30. One of the patients had shared the same room as the MERS-CoV. Four others were admitted into the same ward. Three of these new cases are healthcare workers who were involved in his case. His wife has also contracted the infection. The son and daughter of another patient who was admitted to the same ward have also contracted MERS-CoV.