News Scan for Feb 20, 2019

MERS in Saudi Arabia
Papua New Guinea polio

MERS infects 1 more in Saudi Arabian hospital outbreak

Saudi Arabia today reported one more MERS-CoV infection, another apparently linked to an ongoing hospital-related outbreak in Wadi ad-Dawasir, according to a Ministry of Health (MOH) update to its epidemiologic week 8 report.

The patient is a 56-year-old man who didn't have contact with camels and is thought to have acquired his MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) infection in the healthcare setting. He is currently hospitalized.

Saudi Arabia has now reported 70 MERS-CoV cases this year, including 45 in Wadi ad-Dawasir.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said in a Feb 15 update that through the end of January it had received 2,298 reports of lab-confirmed MERS-CoV cases, at least 811 of them fatal.
Feb 20 MOH report


With 26 cases, Papua New Guinea sees resurgence of polio

The World Health Organization (WHO) said today that Papua New Guinea has seen 26 cases of polio since the virus made a resurgence on the island nation last summer.

On Jun 26, 2018, the outbreak began when two healthy contacts of an index case contracted circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1). Nine provinces have since recorded cases, the most recent of which involved symptom onset in October.

The WHO said there have been five rounds of supplementary immunization activities (SIA) conducted from July to December of 2018. The first SIAs targeted children under 5 years, and later activities have included children under the age of 15.

"WHO is working with partners to support the Government of Papua New Guinea to undertake appropriate outbreak response measures," the organization said.
Feb 20 WHO update

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