News Scan for May 03, 2016

MERS case in Qatar
Ebola countdown restarts
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MERS case reported in Qatar

Qatar yesterday reported its second MERS-CoV case this year in a man with no travel history, according to translated information from Qatar's Ministry of Public Health posted on FluTrackers, an infectious disease message board.

The MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) case involves a 40-year-old camel worker who is isolated in stable condition at Hamad General Hospital in Doha. He does not have an underlying medical condition and has no respiratory symptoms associated with his illness. He had no contact with MERS patients and did not travel outside Qatar within the last 2 weeks.

Qatari authorities will be monitoring the man's close contacts for 2 weeks and are advising people with chronic diseases to avoid contact with camels and boil camel milk before drinking, the Gulf Times reported yesterday.

Qatar's only other MERS-CoV case this year occurred in February in a man with a recent history of travel to Saudi Arabia.
May 2 FluTrackers post
May 2 Gulf Times
Feb 22 CIDRAP News
item on imported Qatari case


Last patient in West Africa's recent Ebola cluster ends treatment

Liberia's final Ebola patient was recently discharged from a treatment center after testing negative for the virus on a second test on Apr 29, which restarts the country's 42-day countdown to being declared free of the disease again.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said in an update yesterday that a ceremony was held to celebrate the 2-year-old boy's recovery. His 5-year-old brother had recovered a week earlier.

Guinea's final Ebola patient, a 70-year-old man, tested negative for the disease on a second test on Apr 19 and returned to his village in Macenta, restarting that country's 42-day countdown at that point.

The flare-up began in Guinea with most of the cases linked to members of the same extended family, including a woman and her two young sons—the just-recovered 2- and 5-year-old—who got sick after crossing into Liberia. Thirteen cases were reported in the cluster, including 8 deaths.

The WHO said genetic sequencing of virus from the blood of confirmed cases suggests that the virus is from a single known transmission chain, suggesting exposure to lingering virus in body fluids from a survivor, rather than an Ebola reintroduction from the wild.
May 2 WHO report

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