Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Novel coronavirus in Saudi Arabia: The two patients are health-care workers who were exposed to patients confirmed with #nCoV

  • From Sept 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a global total of 40 lab-confirmed novel coronavirus cases, incl 20 deaths #nCoV

  • Since May to date, a total of 21 #nCoV patients, incl 9 deaths have been reported from the outbreak primarily linked to a hospital in KSA

The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has informed WHO of an additional two laboratory-confirmed cases with infection of the novel coronavirus (nCoV).

The two patients are health care workers who were exposed to patients with confirmed nCoV. The first patient is a 45-year-old man who became ill on 2 May 2013 and is currently in a critical condition. The second patient is a 43-year-old woman with a coexisting health condition, who became ill on 8 May 2013 and is in a stable condition.

Although health care associated transmission has been observed before with nCoV (in Jordan in April 2012), this is the first time health care workers have been diagnosed with nCoV infection after exposure to patients. Health care facilities that provide care for patients with suspected nCoV infection should take appropriate measures to decrease the risk of transmission of the virus to other patients and health care workers. Health care facilities are reminded of the importance of systematic implementation of infection prevention and control (IPC).