News Scan for Dec 30, 2014

Chikungunya in Colombia
Saudi MERS-CoV case

Chikungunya cases jump by 25,000; Colombia hit hard

Total suspected and confirmed cases of chikungunya in the Caribbean and the Americas increased by 25,639 over the past 10 days, with most of the new cases in Colombia, according to an update yesterday from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

The overall total for suspected and confirmed cases stands at 1,097,003 as of Dec 29. Colombia saw the largest increase, with 21,365 new cases, for a total of 74,566. The next-highest increase was in Honduras, with 2,691 new suspected cases (no new confirmed ones) for a total of 24,110. Puerto Rico saw an increase of 2,093, with its total rising to 28,274 suspected and confirmed cases.

Nearly all new cases, as well as the large majority of cases overall, have been locally acquired. Nicaragua and Peru each reported four new imported cases as of Dec 29, and the US Virgin Islands reported two. No further imported cases occurred in the United States, which has seen the most such cases by far during the outbreak, with 2,021 of the overall total of 2,511.
Dec 29 PAHO update
Dec 22 CIDRAP News scan on chikungunya


MERS-CoV infects Saudi man

Saudi Arabia's MOH today reported another MERS-CoV infection, involving an 84-year-old man from Narjan, located in the southern part of the country.

The man is hospitalized in critical condition and has underlying health problems. An investigation revealed he had been exposed to animals before he started having symptoms.

His illness boosts Saudi Arabia's number of MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) cases to 825, of which 355 have been fatal.
Dec 30 MOH statement


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