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MOH: ‘49 MERS-CoV Cases Reported Last Week’
24 August 2015

In its weekly press release, the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced that 49 confirmed cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) have been reported over the past week, from August 16th to 22nd, 2015, corresponding to Dhul-Qi‘dah 1st to 7th, 1436H (the 34th International Week), including 47 cases in Riyadh, and one case in each of Najran and Abha.


“During the same period, 1390 samples were tested for Coronavirus at the MOH laboratories across the Kingdom, including 16 cases at the MOH hospitals and 33 other cases at the other health sectors. The number of visits by Rapid Response Teams-IPC was 22, while the total number of visits by public health teams to persons in contact with positive cases was 49,” indicated the Ministry, adding that the number of persons, who were in contact with positive cases at homes and whose health status is being observed, was 167, and the number of visits by the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) was one.


Besides, the Ministry announced that 592 cases, out of the total of 1,141confirmed cases, have been cured, at a rate of 56.9%. There are 52 other cases still receiving treatment, and six cases have been quarantined at home.


Within the same vein, the Command and Control Center (CCC) keeps on its efforts around the clock by carrying out epidemiological surveillance tasks, making sure that all governmental and private health facilities abide by infection control measures, as well as coordinating with the relevant governmental sectors, international health organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), and think-tanks to follow up all developments regarding Coronavirus.


Over and above, the Ministry keeps on its efforts and full coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), to launch anti-Coronavirus awareness campaigns at the gathering places of camels to urge camels’ owners and shepherds to be careful and take protective measures when dealing with camels.


Finally, the MOH highlighted that it will remain committed to the preset preparations and cooperative efforts with other parties, including the Saudi community and healthcare staff, who represent the cornerstone in this regard.




Last Update : 25 August 2015 09:51 AM
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