Since the onset of MERS-COV virus in 2012, 699 casualties have already been reported out of 1,730 laboratory-confirmed cases. 1,014 have recovered while 14 cases are currently being treated as active infections according to Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health.
In October, 4 new cases were added to the list. According to Saudi’s MOH, these cases were 3 males with ages ranging from 36-59 year-old and a 76-year-old female. The locations where the new cases were found came from Taif, Hufoof and Tabuk; all cases were believed to have had contact with camels.
For suspected cases, it is important to practice clean hygiene at all times. There is currently no available vaccine to prevent the virus. Hence, proper hand washing is advised.
CDC suggests to do the following:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid personal contact, such as kissing, or sharing cups or eating utensils, with sick people.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs.
With 9 deaths in October , 3 in September and 8 in August, MERS-COV preventive measures are extremely advised so further fatalities could be prevented.