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CIDRAP news scan, July 17: MERS and Ebola

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July 17, 2015 CIDRAP has published News Scan for Jul 17, 2015 | Prolonged hospital MERS spread; Call for better WHO Ebola response. Excerpt:

Data from a hospital outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) cases last spring suggest continuous healthcare-associated transmission for several months, a study today in Emerging Infectious Diseases noted.

    Scientists from the King Fahad Medical City (KFMC) in Riyadh and the University of Hong Kong analyzed an outbreak at KFMC from Mar 29 through May 21, 2014. The outbreak involved 45 MERS-CoV patients: 8 infected outside KFMC, 13 long-term patients at KFMC, 23 healthcare workers, and 1 patient who had an indeterminate source of infection.

    Comparison of 10 full-length MERS-CoV sequences and a partial sequence with other MERS-CoV sequences, as well as epidemiologic data, indicated multiple external introductions. Analysis also demonstrated that the outbreak was part of a larger one involving multiple healthcare facilities in Riyadh—including the Prince Sultan Military Medical City and King Khalid University Hospital—and "possibly arose from a single zoonotic transmission event that occurred in December 2013," the authors concluded.

    "This finding suggested continued healthcare–associated transmission for 5 months," they wrote.

    The investigators also reported a periodicity in peaks of transmission of about 7 days apart, which is compatible with the known incubation period. And they noted that KFMC's emergency department and one of its wards were the foci of transmission.


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