SARS-achtig virus duikt op MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome- coronavirus)

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MERS Virus Kills One In UAE, Infects Family
A 32-year-old woman in Abu Dhabi infected with the virus has died; her husband and son are also diagnosed with MERS.
A 32-year-old Jordanian woman in Abu Dhabi diagnosed with the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has died, Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) confirmed.

The woman’s family – her 38-year-old husband and eight-year-old son are also diagnosed with the virus, but HAAD said that they are both currently in a stable condition and are receiving the required care.

The patients were infected with the disease on November 15, 2013, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said in a disease update
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Reactie #41 Gepost op: 19 maart 2014, 08:58:15
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New Scientific Discovery: First case of an outbreak of “Corona virus” between three camels in Qatar
The Supreme Council of Health and the Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the National Institute of Public Health and Environment (RIVM) of the Ministry of Health and the Erasmus Medical College in the Netherlands announced confirmation of the first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in 3 camels in a herd in Qatar in a barn, which is linked to two confirmed human cases who have since then recovered.

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Verdere doorbraak in onderzoek naar Corona virus in de samenwerking tussen Erasmus MC, RIVM en wetenschappers Qatar

Qatar ‘breakthrough’ in Mers research

A joint Qatari and Dutch research team has succeeded in culturing the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (Mers-CoV) in the laboratory, the Supreme Council of Health (SCH) announced yesterday.
The breakthrough will increase the knowledge for prevention and control of Mers-CoV in addition to enhancing the development of diagnostic tools and production of vaccines and treatment for the virus.
The achievement is the result of combined efforts from the SCH and the Ministry of Environment from Qatar as well as Erasmus Medical Centre in the Netherlands with support of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The SCH has pointed out that in Qatar the efforts continue to determine the source and root of the virus transmission, resulting in a series of studies, one of which yielded the virus.

Based on WHO’s recommendations, a national sero-survey will be conducted by the end of this month, to determine risk factors for MERS-CoV as well as to identify the source of the virus. The sero-survey will include screening of animals and workers.

The collaboration between Qatar, Erasmus Medical Centre and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment of the ministry of health in the Netherlands focuses on research co-operation and exchange of experiences and expertise as well as training of laboratory technicians for the diagnosis of the virus.

This resulted in matching laboratory results between veterinary biotechnology laboratories under Qatar’s Ministry of Environment with the Erasmus Medical Centre in the Netherlands in virus detection by using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) techniques, making the labs in Qatar the first in the Middle East for the diagnosis of Mers-CoV in animals.

The SCH also announced that there had been no new human cases of the Mers-CoV in Qatar since October 2013, although intensive  surveillance of the disease is undergoing in collaboration between healthcare providers in hospitals and Department of Animal Health resources.

The SCH has urged all citizens and residents to apply measures for the prevention of the disease and to communicate with healthcare providers if they develop acute respiratory symptoms, especially if accompanied by fever and there was a close contact with animals.

Hotlines for communicable diseases control in SCH: English - 66740951, Arabic – 66740948. Hotline for animal health resources: 33611924; hotline for Ministry of Environment: 998 (general).


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Male nurse in Jeddah dies of coronavirus
JEDDAH — A male nurse, who was in a coma after contracting the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), died Saturday night, hospital sources were quoted as saying by the Sabq news website.
Bandar Bin Salim Al-Kuthairy, 27, who worked for King Abdulaziz Hospital in south Jeddah, got infected with the virus just two days after getting married.
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Volgens http://www.alarabiya.net/ is de SEH van King Fahad Hospital in Jeddah gesloten. 9 artsen/verpleegkundigen zijn besmet met MERs-CoV waarvan 2 overleden.

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Reactie #43 Gepost op: 9 april 2014, 08:43:55
Doden onder ziekenhuispersoneel in Saudi Arabië door MERS-CoV en sluiting van SEH-afdeling i.v.m. ontsmetting.

Saudi hospital MERS cases prompt temporary ER closure


In the wake of several cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) at a hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, worries about spread of the virus have prompted temporary closure of the hospital's emergency department, according to reports from the country today.
Also today, news services reported a MERS case in a 59-year-old man in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Machine translations of a statement from the Saudi Ministry of Health (MOH) cited 11 MERS cases in Jeddah, including 6 at King Fahd Hospital. It appears that at least some of these were announced previously.

The King Fahd emergency department was closed for 24 hours for disinfection, according to a machine translation posted today on Avian Flu Diary, an infectious disease news blog. It said three contacts of MERS patients at the hospital have tested positive for the virus and are sick, while others have tested positive but have no symptoms.

"This brings the number of confirmed cases and [those] previously announced in the governorate of Jeddah to 11, of whom 2 have died, 6 have recovered, and 3 are still receiving medical care," said an edited translation of the MOH statement provided by ProMED-mail, the disease reporting service of the International Society for Infectious Diseases.

A King Fahd Hospital official said six of the patients were at King Fahd, two were at King Abdul Aziz Hospital, and three others, all doctors, were at three other hospitals, according to a Gulf News report today. The other hospitals are King Faisal, University, and National Guard. The report was based on a story in the newspaper Al Madinah.
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UAE-based paramedic dies after contracting MERS virus
A Filipino ambulance paramedic who works for the UAE Interior Ministry has died after contracting the MERS coronavirus.
The ministry also announced that five others, also Filipinos, have been infected with the virus, news agency WAM reported.
Officials said in a statement that the five paramedics were found to be infected with the virus after a routine check-up.
They have been placed in quarantine and the ministry has contacted the people who were treated by the paramedics so they can undergo a precautionary check.
The latest MERS death in the UAE comes just days after the emergency unit at King Fahad Hospital in the Saudi city of Jeddah was closed as a precautionary measure amid reports that several people had fallen ill with the virus.
MERS is believed to have originated in Saudi Arabia, where the first case was detected in April 2012.
On Tuesday, health chiefs in Abu Dhabi confirmed a new case of MERS-Coronavirus.
Health Authority-Abu Dhabi (HAAD) said in a statement that a 59-year-old male resident, known to have diabetes and final stage renal failure and currently on dialysis, complained of respiratory symptoms and was admitted and diagnosed with the illness.


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Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – update

Disease Outbreak News

14 APRIL 2014 - WHO has been informed of an additional 16 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The 15 additional laboratory-confirmed cases, including two deaths announced on the Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia website and provided to WHO between 6 and 11 April include:
A 70 year-old man from Jeddah with underlying medical conditions. He became ill on 24 March, was hospitalized on 29 March and died on 5 April.
A 28 year-old man from Jeddah with no reported symptom of illness. The man is a household contact of the above mentioned laboratory-confirmed case.
Three health-care workers – a 26 year-old woman, a 26 year-old man and a 33 year-old man with no symptoms of illness.
A 28 year-old man who is a health-care worker in Jeddah. He became ill on 28 March, was admitted to a hospital on 3 April and is currently receiving treatment in an intensive care unit.
A 35 year-old man from Jeddah with no reported symptom of illness.
A 32 year-old woman from Jeddah who is a health-care worker with no reported symptom of illness.
A 45 year-old man from Riyadh. He became ill on 30 March, was hospitalized on 5 April and is currently receiving treatment in an intensive care unit. He had no history of exposure to animals nor contact with a laboratory-confirmed case.
A 90 year-old man from Riyadh. He became ill on 30 March, was hospitalized on 1 April, and is currently receiving treatment in an intensive care unit. He had no history of exposure to animals nor contact with a laboratory-confirmed case.
A 57 year-old man from Riyadh with underlying medical conditions. He became ill on 16 March, was admitted to a hospital on 19 March and died on 30 March.
Four men aged 29, 33, 34 and 70 years old from Jeddah.
Additionally, a previously laboratory-confirmed case has died. The concerned health authorities in Saudi Arabia are currently conducting investigations into the contacts of the cases.

The additional laboratory-confirmed case reported by the Ministry of Health of the UAE on 10 April 2014 includes:
A 45 year-old man from Abu Dhabi who became ill on 6 April, was hospitalized on 7 April and died on 10 April. The patient was not known to have any chronic disease. He did not have a recent history of travel or contact with animals or with a previously laboratory-confirmed case.
The concerned health authorities in the UAE are conducting investigations into the contacts of the case.

Globally, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 228 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 92 deaths.

WHO advice

Based on the current situation and available information, WHO encourages all Member States to continue their surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) and to carefully review any unusual patterns.

Infection prevention and control measures are critical to prevent the possible spread of MERS-CoV in health care facilities. Health-care facilities that provide for patients suspected or confirmed to be infected with MERS-CoV infection should take appropriate measures to decrease the risk of transmission of the virus from an infected patient to other patients, health-care workers and visitors. Health care workers should be educated, trained and refreshed with skills on infection prevention and control.

It is not always possible to identify patients with MERS-CoV early because some have mild or unusual symptoms. For this reason, it is important that health-care workers apply standard precautions consistently with all patients – regardless of their diagnosis – in all work practices all the time.

Droplet precautions should be added to the standard precautions when providing care to all patients with symptoms of acute respiratory infection. Contact precautions and eye protection should be added when caring for probable or confirmed cases of MERS-CoV infection. Airborne precautions should be applied when performing aerosol generating procedures.

Patients should be managed as potentially infected when the clinical and epidemiological clues strongly suggest MERS-CoV, even if an initial test on a nasopharyngeal swab is negative. Repeat testing should be done when the initial testing is negative, preferably on specimens from the lower respiratory tract.

Health-care providers are advised to maintain vigilance. Recent travellers returning from the Middle East who develop SARI should be tested for MERS-CoV as advised in the current surveillance recommendations. All Member States are reminded to promptly assess and notify WHO of any new case of infection with MERS-CoV, along with information about potential exposures that may have resulted in infection and a description of the clinical course. Investigation into the source of exposure should promptly be initiated to identify the mode of exposure, so that further transmission of the virus can be prevented.

People at high risk of severe disease due to MERS-CoV should avoid close contact with animals when visiting farms or barn areas where the virus is known to be potentially circulating. For the general public, when visiting a farm or a barn, general hygiene measures, such as regular hand washing before and after touching animals, avoiding contact with sick animals, and following food hygiene practices, should be adhered to.

WHO does not advise special screening at points of entry with regard to this event nor does it currently recommend the application of any travel or trade restrictions.


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#Malaysia has reported a Middle East respiratory syndrome case in a person who returned from a pilgrimage trip to Jeddah, #SaudiArabia #MERS
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MERS-CoV nu ook in Europa

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WHO Disease Outbreak News update on #Greece #MERS case posted here: goo.gl/FJxLYT
9:24pm · 20 Apr 14


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Saudi Arabia fires health chief amid deadly virus surge

Saudi Arabia has replaced its health minister as the kingdom grapples with a surge of new cases of the incurable SARS-like Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a viral disease that kills 30 to 50 percent of the people it infects.

The Saudi government has reported 244 MERS cases – 79 of which have been fatal – since the disease was identified in 2012. Authorities announced 49 confirmed new infections over the past week, mostly in the port city of Jeddah, a 25 percent increase in the total number of confirmed cases since the outbreak began. Seven people in Jeddah have already died.
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New #MERS posting on 1st case in Egypt: http://www.who.int/csr/don/2014_05_01_mers/en/

7:14pm · 1 May 2014

Eerste MERS-slachtoffer in Egypte.