Title: #Situation #update on #MERS #coronavirus, September–October 2016.
Subject: MERS-CoV, epidemiological update for the Middle East Region.
Source: World Health Organization (WHO), Office for the Eastern Mediterranean Region, full page: (LINK).
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Situation update on Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, September–October 2016
- At the end of October 2016, a total of 1758 laboratory-confirmed cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), including 636 deaths (case–fatality rate: 36%) were reported globally; of these, Saudi Arabia reported a total of 1409 laboratory-confirmed cases, including 570 deaths (case–fatality rate: 40%).
- During the month of October, a hospital outbreak was reported from Hofuf city of the Al Ahssa region.
- Five cases, including four secondary cases were associated with this outbreak.
- The outbreak is reported to be over as the last case from this outbreak was reported on 23 October and since then no case associated with this hospital outbreak has been reported.
- Compared to a similar time period in 2015 (January–October), there has been a 58% decline in the number of MERS cases reported during the corresponding period in 2016.
- The demographic and epidemiological characteristics of the cases reported in 2016 do not show any significant difference when compared with cases reported from 2012 to 2015 (combined).
- The age group of those aged 50–59 years continues to be the group at highest risk for acquiring infection as primary cases for both males and females.
- However, the females in the age group of 20–29 and 30–39 are acquiring MERS infection in higher numbers when compared to males in the same age group.
Keywords: MERS-CoV; Updates; Middle East; WHO.