Outbreak and Current Disease Status Information

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

WHO Disease Outbreaks news - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 03:30
Between 16 and 25 July 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 8 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 1 death.

Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

WHO Disease Outbreaks news - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 03:30
Between 1 and 14 July 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 6 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection.

Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases.

Meningococcal disease – Niger (update)

WHO Disease Outbreaks news - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 13:50
Between 1 January and 28 June 2015, the Ministry of Public Health of Niger notified WHO of 8,500 suspected cases of meningococcal meningitis, including 573 deaths. This was the largest meningitis outbreak caused by Neisseria meningitides serogroup C in the African meningitis belt.

The number of suspected cases increased very rapidly, tripling weekly between 1 and 15 May. Thirteen districts in Niger crossed the epidemic threshold. The five districts of Niamey, Niger’s capital and largest city, reported 5,267 suspected cases and 260 deaths.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Republic of Korea

WHO Disease Outbreaks news - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 17:00
Between 18 and 21 July 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of the Republic of Korea notified WHO of no additional cases of infection and no new deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

To date, a total of 186 MERS-CoV cases, including 36 deaths, have been reported. One of the 186 cases is the case that was confirmed in China and also notified by the National IHR Focal Point of China.

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