Earth Watch Report - Epidemic Hazards
|10||10.05.2013||Epidemic Hazard||Saudi Arabia||Eastern Province, Al-hasa|
|Updated:||Monday, 06 May, 2013 at 02:42 UTC|
|As a follow up to the most recently reported 10 case cluster of nCOV in Alhasa in the Eastern Province of KSA. Our investigation is still ongoing and we picked up 3 more cases:
Case 11: 62 year old female with multiple comorbidities. Start of symptoms [19 Apr 2013] and deceased [3 May 2013]
So far there is no apparent community transmission and transmission seem linked to one HCF health care facility.
|Updated:||Monday, 06 May, 2013 at 03:04 UTC|
|Saudi Arabia’s health ministry has reported three novel coronavirus cases, including two fatalities, bringing the total number of infections up to 13 since the outbreak of the virus in the kingdom. Coronavirus infects respiratory system, and makes up 15 percent of viruses that cause human flu, the ministry said in a release. It said this type of viruses is new and that was why there is no reliable information on its transmission or even required vaccination. But, the ministry reassured that the number of coronavirus cases is still very limited compared to other flu outbreaks. It said it is closely monitoring the situation in the kingdom and taking all necessary precautions in handling patients and those having close contacts with them in line with local and world health directives.|
|Updated:||Monday, 06 May, 2013 at 07:44 UTC|
|The number of infected due to the new SARS-like novel coronavirus in Saudi Arabia have jumped to 13 cases, of which seven have already died. First reported to the attention of the World Health Organization last Wednesday, health authorities said five of those who had earlier died have not travelled abroad, arousing suspicions and theories the infections could have originated right within the country’s health-care facilities. “After questioning relatives, it turned out that none of these people had been abroad before being infected,” Dr Ziad Mimish, who heads the health ministry’s disease prevention unit. First identified September 2012 in the Middle East, the global count for the new SARS-like novel coronavirus is now 30 cases. Of those, 18 people have died. Its first fatality was a Saudi man who died in June 2012 due to a mysterious and severe pneumonia. However, the first known cases of the new infection occurred as early as April 2012, in a cluster of 11 illnesses in a hospital in Jordan. A member of the same virus family as SARS, the new coronavirus has the ability to spread from person-to-person. This was confirmed when on Friday, Saudi authorities said one of those who got infected was a family member of one of the original seven who had died.|
|Updated:||Tuesday, 07 May, 2013 at 02:38 UTC|
|A new SARS-like virus has killed two more people in Saudi Arabia, taking the number of deaths from the coronavirus that the kingdom has announced to seven in one week, the health ministry said. “The health ministry has announced that three infections by the new coronavirus have been registered during the past days in Al-Ahsaa. Two of the victims have died while the third is in a stable condition,” state news agency SPA said late Sunday. The report did not identify the nationality of the latest victims. On Wednesday, the health ministry announced five Saudis recently died of the SARS-like virus and that two more were being treated in an intensive care unit. The World Health Organization said on Friday that three new cases of the virus were detected in Saudi Arabia. The outbreak has occurred in the oil-rich Red Sea region of Al-Ahsaa, which is near Bahrain and Qatar. The ministry says 13 infections have been “recently” registered in the kingdom.|
|Updated:||Thursday, 09 May, 2013 at 14:27 UTC|
|The investigation of the recent cluster in Alhassa (Al-Hasa or Al-Ahsa), KSA is still ongoing. Actions implemented and fully applied by 1 May 2013 have been effective to date in preventing NEW cases related to this cluster from emerging. But in-depth look back and search among contacts of earlier reported cases and repeat testing of suspected cases revealed 2 new cases yesterday (8 May 2013):
- Case 14: 48-year-old male with multiple comorbidities. Start of symptoms 29 Apr 2013 and confirmed by lab testing. He is in stable condition in hospital.
The investigation is ongoing and more details will be released as they arise.
|Updated:||Friday, 10 May, 2013 at 03:37 UTC|
|Authorities in Saudi Arabia have found two more people who were infected with the new coronavirus in a large cluster of cases in the eastern portion of the country. The two new cases, reported Thursday, bring the total to date of that al Hofuf cluster to 15 infections. Seven have been fatal. One of the newly reported cases became ill on April 6, which at this point is the earliest onset date known for any of the infections in this cluster. Though it is still not clear if these cases are all part of a chain of person-to-person spread, it does suggest the new virus has been infecting people in al Hofuf for more than a month. The new cases were reported publicly by the country’s deputy health minister, Dr. Ziad Memish, who posted a short update on the outbreak on the Internet-based disease surveillance system, ProMED.
Memish said the two people were not newly infected but rather cases that were detected by going back through records and tracing people who had been in contact with known cases. But his ProMED report did not say if these people are related to, or had contact with, any of the other cases in the cluster. And while the official Saudi line has been that all the cases have been linked to a dialysis clinic at al-Moosa Hospital, Memish’s post made no mention of these cases having had care at that facility. The new cases are both men and are both alive. Both men were reported to have had pre-existing medical conditions. One, a 48-year old, started to have symptoms on April 29. He is in stable condition in hospital. The other is a 58-year-old man who had symptom onset on April 6. Memish said he has recovered completely and was discharged from hospital on May 3. The al Hofuf cluster is the largest to date with the new coronavirus and it is linked to one or more health-care facilities. That feature of the outbreak raises red flags for infectious disease experts because health-care workers and hospital patients are often the sentinel cases when a new pathogen begins to spread.
|Updated:||Saturday, 11 May, 2013 at 04:38 UTC|
|Saudi health authorizes say two new cases of infection with a deadly new respiratory virus related to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) have been found in the country’s eastern region of al-Ahsa. Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health announced on Friday that a 58-year-old man confirmed to have contracted the virus. He was treated and discharged from hospital on May 8. The other patient was a 42-year-old man, who is still under careful treatment at hospital with a stable condition. Fifteen people in Saudi Arabia have been infected by the coronavirus virus, with 7 deaths. The novel coronavirus virus, also known as nCoV-EMC, is a cousin of SARS. The virus first emerged in the Middle East, and was discovered on September 2012 in a Qatari man who had recently traveled to Saudi Arabia. Since September 2012, the World Health Organization has been informed of 30 confirmed cases of the virus, and 18 of the patients have died. Cases have been reported in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the UAE, Qatar, Britain and Germany, and health officials have said the virus has likely already spread between people in some circumstances. Health authorities are trying to find out how humans are contracting and spreading the virus and what the best remedy to treat it is.|
- Three new cases of SARS-like virus in Saudi Arabia : novel coronavirus or hCoV-EMC (familysurvivalprotocol.com)
- Toronto SARS expert to go to Saudi Arabia to help with coronavirus (ctvnews.ca)
- SARS-like virus kills 2 more in Saudi Arabia, toll now 18 (bnowire.com)
- Saudi Arabia has 13 cases of SARS-related coronavirus, says WHO (thestar.com)
- Five die in Saudi Arabia from SARS-like infection (en.trend.az)
- WHO Will Investigate Saudi Arabia Hospital, Source Of SARS-like Coronavirus Infections (medicaldaily.com)
- Epidemic Hazard – Saudi Arabia, [The area was not defined.] : NCoV (novel coronavirus) (familysurvivalprotocol.com)
- Epidemic Hazard – United Arab Emirates, Capital City, Abu Dhabi : The German media and Saudi Arabia’s health ministry have reported two new novel coronavirus (NCoV) cases (familysurvivalprotocol.com)
- Novel Coronavirus Death Toll Reaches 18 (voanews.com)
- Saudi Arabia confirms 3 new coronavirus cases, brings total to 13 (ctvnews.ca)