Camel contact common in recent Saudi MERS cases

Since 2012, Saudi Arabia has confirmed 1,728 MERS cases, including 701 deaths. Two people are being treated for the disease. The five patients with camel contact all reported drinking raw camel’s milk.

Direct contact with camels, a known risk factor for contracting MERS-CoV has been reported in most recent cases, according to new reports from the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health (MOH) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Only one case had exposure to another person with MERS-CoV. That patient was associated with a healthcare outbreak in Dumah Al Jandal reported earlier in the summer. Both Riyadh and Hofuf reported three cases each. Hail, Taif, and Dumah Al Jandal were the sites of the remaining cases.

Source Credit: Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
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