MERS Korea Outbreak Slowing? (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Case count reaches 154 but incidence rate may be decelerating
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Source: American Journal of Infection Control - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
From 1 through 31 May 2019, the National International Health Regulations (IHR) Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported 14 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV) infection, including five deaths. Of the 14 cases reported, four cases were associated with two separate clusters. Cluster 1 involved two cases (case no. 6 and case no. 7) living in the same household in Alkharj, Riyadh, and cluster 2 involved one patient (case no. 9) and one healthcare worker (case no. 11) in Riyadh. The link below provides details of the 14 reported cases:
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news
Publication date: Available online 12 July 2019Source: American Journal of Infection ControlAuthor(s): Jae-Hoon Ko, Si-Ho Kim, Nam Yong Lee, Yae-jin Kim, Sun Young Cho, Cheol-In Kang, Doo Ryeon Chung, Kyong Ran PeckEnvironmental disinfection with sodium hypochlorite and hydrogen peroxide vapor was performed after a hospital-associated outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome. Although only 11% of total beds were disinfected, the isolation and vancomycin-resistance rates of Enterococcus spp significantly decreased for 2 months, whereas other multidrug-resistant organisms did not.
Source: American Journal of Infection Control - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
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Source: Health Communication - Category: Health Management Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Frontiers in Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Source Type: research
This study examined the public’s preventive behavioral responses during the 2015 Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) outbreak in Korea and the influencing factors. Two cross-sectional telephone surveys were conducted by Gallup Korea using random digit dialing in June 2015 (n = 2004). The main outcome variables were nonpharmaceutical preventive measures (survey (1): Measures for reducing transmission (handwashing, face masks); and survey (2): Measures for avoiding contact with others). Multiple logistic regression was used to identify the factors influencing preventive behaviors. In survey (1),...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
Authors: Jiménez-Morillas F, Gil-Mosquera M, García-Lamberechts EJ, en representación de la sección de enfermedades tropicales de INFURG-SEMES, Sección de enfermedades tropicales de INFURG-SEMES Abstract The increase in international travel, the growing presence of arbovirus vectors in our country, and notifications of haemorrhagic fever such as the current outbreak of Ebola in D.R. Congo and the cases of Crimea-Congo haemorrhagic fever in our country have again cast the spotlight on tropical diseases Isolating suspected cases of highly contagious and lethal diseases must be a pri...
Source: Medicina Clinica - Category: General Medicine Tags: Med Clin (Barc) Source Type: research
Abstract Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and its infection has been reported over 20 countries. Roughly 10,000 human cases were reported and fatality reaches up to 40%. The majority of cases occurred in Saudi Arabia and mostly sporadic outside the country except the outbreak in South Korea in 2015. The Korean MERS-CoV isolate was isolated from the second Korean patient and its genome was fully sequenced and deposited. To develop virus-specific protective and therapeutic agents against the Korean isolate and to investigate molecular determinants o...
Source: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology - Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tags: J Microbiol Biotechnol Source Type: research
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 6/2019. This 21-page protocol provides health care and public health professionals guidance on how to investigate the role of environmental contamination during outbreaks of MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome-coronavirus) in a health care setting where a patient infected with MERS-CoV is currently being treated. The results from such studies will be used in risk assessment and risk management of MERS-CoV hospital-acquired infections, and also for guiding the implementation and monitoring of effectiveness of infection prevention and control measures. (PDF)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
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Source: EcoHealth - Category: Environmental Health Source Type: research
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