News report says multiple Saudi hospitals treating nCoV cases

first_imgMay 7, 2013 (CIDRAP News) – A media report late yesterday suggested that the 13 novel coronavirus (nCoV) cases reported in Saudi Arabia in the past few days are not confined to just one hospital, contrary to a May 5 statement from the Saudi health ministry.Malek al Moosa, executive director of a small hospital in Hofuf, in the country’s Eastern province, said the hospital has treated many of the nCoV patients but that it was not the only hospital treating such patients, the Wall Street Journal reported.Also, a man who is a cousin of three patients in the current case cluster, including one who died, said his cousins went to three different hospitals in the province, the newspaper said. The story did not name the man.The 13 cases, with 7 deaths, have all been reported since May 2. On May 5, Ziad A. Memish, MD, deputy minister for public health, reported that transmission of the disease seemed linked to one healthcare facility. He said there had been no transmission in the community.But Moosa denied that his hospital was the center of the outbreak, according to the Journal. “We have maybe paid the price of being transparent,” by testing patients and reporting the results, he said.The unidentified man whose cousins were infected told the newspaper that the Saudi health ministry “just wants to close the books” by saying the recent cases are limited to one hospital.Reports of the hospital cluster have stirred concern about possible person-to-person transmission of the virus and have prompted experts to recall how hospital outbreaks spurred the spread of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), another coronavirus infection, a decade ago.The novel virus is believed to be spreading to humans from some unidentified animal source. But person-to-person transmission has been clearly shown once before, when two family members of an infected UK man caught the virus from him after he returned sick from a trip to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Other small case clusters also have occurred, but human transmission has not been proved in those.In other developments, the Saudi government has invited an international team of experts to help investigate the outbreak, the Journal story said. The team is expected to arrive this week.Also, the World Health Organization (WHO) released guidance yesterday on infection prevention and control in caring for confirmed or probable nCoV case-patients.The 9-page document recommends assigning probable or confirmed cases “to be cared for exclusively by a group of skilled [healthcare workers] both for continuity of care and to reduce opportunities for inadvertent infection control breaches that could result in unprotected exposure.”The WHO also advises that relatives and visitors in contact with nCoV patients be limited to those “essential for patient support” and should be trained to use the same infection control precautions as healthcare workers use.The agency also recommends, among other things, that all staff members and visitors approaching within 1 meter of nCoV patients wear a medical mask, eye protection, gown, and gloves, and perform hand hygiene before and after patient contact.The WHO previously published recommendations on surveillance and clinical management for nCoV cases.Also today, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) published a brief epidemiologic update on the nCoV cases in Saudi Arabia.See also: May 6 Wall Street Journal storyMay 6 WHO infection control guidanceMay 7 ECDC epidemiologic updatelast_img read more

Cricket News WATCH – Virat Kohli’s Christmas Celebrations With Shelter Home Children Will Melt Your Hearts

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The festive season is here. It is Christmas and New Year Time. In Christmas, the song, “Tis the season to be jolly, lalalalala” is being sung by a majority of people. However, Virat Kohli, the Indian cricket team skipper celebrated Christmas in a very special way. Kohli spent his christmas celebrations with children in a Kolkata shelter home and the celebrations will warm the hearts of each and every individual in the country. In a video shared by Star Sports, the nearly three-minute video opens up with a visual of a children’s shelter home in Kolkata. In the video, there are plenty of kids who are saying what they want for Christmas.Some kids wanted to meet their favorite superheroes like Spiderman, Batman while others are saying their favorite list of sportspersons. PV Sindhu, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virat Kohli are some of the names that they mention. However, little do the kids know that Kohli was watching the video on his Ipad and when one kid mentions why he liked Kohli, the kid remarked, “I like his beard.” Hearing that, Kohli breaks into guffaws.The very next day, the kids are given a surprise when the children home staff show the video of their demands. Some of the kids are embarrassed. Unknown to the kids, at the same time, Kohli comes in dressed as Santa Claus. He comes with a big trolley of gifts and said, “I know some of you have been naughty but I also know what everyone wants for Christmas.” One of the staff then says, “All the superheroes are currently on holiday. But, do you want to see Kohli?” The kids shout yes.Kohli, dressed as Santa, says, “I will make you meet Kohli.” He removes his disguise and when the kids find out it is Kohli, they are incredibly happy and they rush in to give Kohli a big hug. They then proceed to open the gifts. Kohli then remarks, “These moments are really special in my life. All these kids cheer for us all year long. I had great time bringing joy to all these kids. A merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all of you.” This was part of Star Sports’ advertisement wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.Also Read | India Aim To End Decade On A High In Cuttack Shoot-Out Vs West IndiesKohli is currently in Cuttack for the third and final ODI and India will be hoping to win the series and register their 10th straight bilateral series win against the West Indies. They will also be hoping to end the decade in grand style.last_img read more