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Title: #MERS #Coronavirus–#MiddleEast #situation #update, May 2017.

Subject: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, current epidemiological situation in the Middle East Region.

Source: World Health Organization  (WHO), Office for the Eastern Mediterranean Region, full page: (LINK).

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MERS situation update, May 2017


|-- Read the latest update on MERS, May 2017 –|

Highlights, May 2017

  • At the end of May 2017, a total of 1980 laboratory-confirmed cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), including 720 deaths (case–fatality rate: 36.4%) were reported globally; the majority of these cases were reported from Saudi Arabia (1613 laboratory-confirmed cases, including 646 deaths with a case–fatality rate of 40.1%).
  • During the months of April and May 2017, three, yet unrelated, hospital outbreaks were reported.
    • One from the Assir Region and two from the Riyadh region.
    • A total of 13 cases with three related deaths were reported from these three hospital clusters.
    • The date of reporting of last laboratory-confirmed case from these three hospital clusters was 15 May 2017.
  • The demographic and epidemiological characteristics of the cases reported in 2017 do not show any significant difference compared with cases reported during the same period from 2012 to 2016.
    • Owing to improved infection prevention and control practices in the hospitals, the number of hospital-acquired cases of MERS has dropped significantly in 2015 and in 2016 compared to previous years. 
  • The age group of those aged 50–59 years continues to be the group at highest risk for acquiring infection as primary cases.
    • For secondary cases, it is the age group of 30–39 years who are mostly at risk.
    • The number of deaths are higher in the age group of 50–59 years for primary cases and 70–79 years for secondary cases.


Keywords: MERS-CoV; Middle East; Updates; WHO.