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Fatal Infections In Children In Eastern KSA
reduced the time the Minister of Health of Corona virus turned into an
epidemic, died yesterday of a child infected with the virus (10 years)
at Qatif Central Hospital, bringing the death toll to 16 people.
However, none of the cases have been reported as confirmed MERS-CoV cases even though some trace back to last month, and some are associated with school closings.
Recent media reports also noted that 560 suspect cases had been tested in May and 30 recent cases were still being reviewed. Moreover, the two MERS-CoV confirmed health care practitioners have been described as Aramco technicians running MERS-CoV PCR tests in Dhahran (see map), although some reports say they were doctor and nurse who were exposed to infected patients.
The large number of confirmed and suspect cases
raise concerns that the reporting of the younger cases is being delayed
or withheld due to concerns of alarm or false negatives, which are
common especially if testing is not done on samples from the lower
Moreover, the absence of any confirmed cases following the six cases reported two days ago raises additional transparency concerns.