News Scan for Jun 09, 2015

Saudi MERS case
;
XDR-TB traveler in US
;
H7N9 cases in China

Saudi Arabia reports another MERS case

Saudi Arabia reported just one MERS-CoV case today, in Mecca province, far from the eastern city of Hofuf, which has been the country's MERS hot spot the past several weeks.

The patient, who is in critical condition, is a 73-year-old Saudi man in the city of Turaba (Turubah), the country's Ministry of Health (MOH) said. He is not a healthcare worker and did not have any contact with other MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) patients before he got sick.

The ministry also reported the death of a previously reported case-patient and the recovery of five others, all in Hofuf. The patient who died was a 72-year-old Saudi man, while those who recovered—4 men and 1 woman, all Saudis—ranged in age from 29 to 64.

Saudi Arabia has now had 1,028 MERS cases, with 451 deaths, the MOH said. Eight patients are still being treated, and one is in home isolation.
Jun 9 MOH update

 

Traveler with XDR-TB being treated at NIH hospital

A woman with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB)—which is resistant to almost all known TB drugs—is being treated at the National Institutes Health (NIH) in the Washington, D.C., area after she traveled to at least three states, NBC News reported today.

Federal and state officials are now tracking down hundreds of people who may have been in contact with the woman. No details on the woman or locations of her travel were released.

"The patient was transferred to the NIH via special air and ground ambulances," the NIH said in a statement. She is staying in an isolation room in the NIH Clinical Center designed specifically for handling patients with respiratory infections, including XDR-TB.

The woman faces months or even years of treatment, the story said. XDR-TB patients have only about a 30% to 50% cure rate, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Jun 9 NBC News report
CDC XDR-TB fact sheet

 

China's Jiangsu province reports 3 H7N9 cases

China's Jiangsu province, in its May update of reportable infectious disease, noted three cases of H7N9 avian flu that were not previously reported, according to a translation of the report posted on FluTrackers, an infectious disease news message board.

No further information was available about the three cases. China's previous H7N9 cases, which were noted in an April surveillance report with the same lack of detail, were reported on May 22.

The new cases lift the H7N9 total to 668 infections, according to a case list maintained by FluTrackers.
Jun 8 FluTrackers thread
FluTrackers H7N9 case list

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