Saudi Arabia confirms 3 new MERS cases
After confirming two new MERS-CoV cases yesterday, Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health (MOH) reported three more cases today in Riyadh and Taif.
The first MERS-CoV (Middle East syndrome coronavirus) case is in a 75-year-old woman in Taif who is in an intensive care unit. The MOH reports that she had preexisting disease and no additional risk factors such as contact with animals or human cases.
The second patient is a 32-year-old woman in Riyadh who is hospitalized in a general ward. She had no preexisting disease, and the MOH is investigating whether she had healthcare contact with a suspected or confirmed MERS patient.
The third case involves a 33-year-old male in Riyadh who is hospitalized in a general ward. He had preexisting disease and no additional risk factors, the MOH said.
CDC reports 7 new EV-D68 cases
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported seven new cases of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) in the past 2 days, bringing the US total to 1,112 cases in 47 states and the District of Columbia.
The agency added that EV-D68 has been detected in nine patients who died, but it has not determined whether the virus was responsible for those deaths. The number of deaths has not changed in recent days.
Of the more than 2,000 specimens the CDC's lab has tested, about 40% have tested positive for EV-D68, while about a third have tested positive for another enterovirus or a rhinovirus. The CDC has yet to update its state-by-state activity page this week, which still lists seven states reporting elevated EV-D68 activity.
CDC EV-D68 outbreak page
CDC EV-D68 activity by state