News Scan for Jul 31, 2017

Saudi MERS case
Chikungunya spike

Saudi Arabia confirms new MERS case

Over the weekend the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed a new MERS-CoV case in Khamis Mushait.

A 38-year-old male expatriate is in critical condition after being diagnosed as having MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus), according to a Jul 29 update. The MOH said the man had direct contact with camels, a known risk factor for contracting the virus.

The new case raises Saudi Arabia's MERS-CoV total since 2012 to 1,682 cases, which includes 684 deaths. Five people are still being treated for their illnesses.
Jul 29 MOH report


Brazil reports 51,000 new chikungunya cases

After several consecutive weeks reporting increases in the hundreds, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reported a huge jump of 51,006 new chikungunya cases (a 57% increase), almost all of them in Brazil, according to an update published late last week.

PAHO has now reported 140,569 confirmed, suspected, and imported chikungunya cases in the Americas in 2017, according to the Jul 28 update.

Brazil, reporting on 6 weeks of cases, noted 50,800 new cases, bringing its 2017 total to 131,749 cases, or 94% of the total in the Americas. Brazil also reported 34 new chikungunya-related deaths, raising its fatality total to 51. No other country in the Americas has reported a chikungunya death.

Since the 2013 start of the outbreak in the Americas and the Caribbean region, the virus has sickened 2,527,280 people, according to PAHO data.
Jul 28 PAHO update

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