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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2014 10:06 pm 
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The new coronavirus (MERS-CoV), the first and main focus is in Saudi Arabia, has just made its appearance in Algeria. According to a statement from the Ministry of Health, taken by the official news agency, APS, two coronavirus infections were confirmed in Algeria. Two men, aged 66 and 59 years, who recently traveled to Saudi Arabia for performing Umrah, have been contaminated. The country is home to the shrine recorded there a few days ago, 179 th death. coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was detected for the first time ever in Saudi Arabia last year. But in Algeria, this is the first time that this disease makes its appearance. The situation could possibly worsen in the coming weeks as the number of people who travel to Saudi for performing Umrah during the month of Ramadan , is growing significantly. The fear is worse during the period of Hajj. For now the Ministry of Health has simply providing advice to citizens traveling in Saudi Arabia, in particular regarding compliance with hygiene measures. But if the situation worsens, measures can be taken. "The department continues to closely monitor the evolution of the epidemiological situation and take appropriate all necessary measures that will be brought to the attention of public opinion," it adds. The Ministry of Health will he go as far as recommending the cancellation of travel during the Hajj? Nothing says now, but the thing is possible. - See more at: http://www.algerie-focus.com/blog/2014/ ... yC8bL.dpuf

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There are two Algerian men, aged 59 and 66 years who have stayed in Saudi Arabia for performing Umrah.

Two coronavirus infections were confirmed in Algeria, said yesterday, a Ministry of Health, Population and Hospital Reform. There are two Algerians, aged 66 and 59 years, who have stayed in Saudi Arabia for performing Umrah, the source added. Both patients concerned were reported by health services wilaya of Tlemcen and Tipasa. The first topic was presented the first signs of fever and difficulty breathing, as well as the second, which presented the first respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms during their stay in Mecca, the ministry statement said, adding that they were supported after admission to health facilities in their respective wilaya. The Ministry of Health has strengthened since 27 April device monitoring and alerting established June 12, 2013 due to the evolution of the epidemiological situation of the infection with this new virus in the Middle East, according to the same source.

It is within this "heightened alert and sustained" that these two infections were reported and confirmed by the national reference laboratory for the coronavirus Pasteur Institute of Algeria, the statement added. The Department continues to monitor the evolution of the epidemiological situation and take appropriate all necessary measures that will be brought to the attention of the public, the source added. The statement said further that at this stage of epidemiological evidence, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that "human transmission remains low." However, the organization recommends that travelers to the Middle East, particularly in Saudi Arabia, to comply with hygiene by washing "frequent and sustained" hands with liquid soap or rubbing with an aqueous solution alcoholic. It is also recommended to follow respiratory hygiene rules by using handkerchiefs disposable paper when coughing and sneezing and quickly consult a doctor before any fever with respiratory symptoms (cough, difficulty breathing) in ensuring tell him stay in the Middle East, the source added. In order to effectively defend against coronavirus, CEO of the National Hajj and Umrah (ONHO) Cheikh Barbara, to met last Thursday at Dar El Imam Mohammedia, travel agencies and approved tourism pilgrimage to the holy places to discuss common problems and constraints faced by industry professionals for Umrah 2014 and take note of the measures envisaged to be controlled, in accordance with specifications. Mr. Cheikh Barbara, several preventive health measures have been taken by the National Hajj and Umrah (ONHO) to cope with the disease that caused the death of 175 people and infected 540 in Saudi Arabia, until 'now. In this context, he said that awareness campaigns and prevention will be conducted across the country for the benefit of many candidates in the pilgrimage, which should bring everyone a health guide to better defend themselves against coronavirus in If necessary, recommend hold Saudi health authorities.

It should be recalled that the latest report of victims of coronavirus, established last Thursday by the Department of Health of Saudi Arabia amounted to 187, after new death. Still according the Ministry of Health of the countries of the Gulf, the first outbreak occurred in 2012. A child of 11 years died last Wednesday in Riyadh, announced the next day, the Ministry of Health in its newsletter daily reports of 568 cases of infection since the outbreak of the disease in the Kingdom in September 2012.
Besides Saudi Arabia, cases of infection have been identified in other countries, including Jordan, the Egypt, Lebanon, United or the United States and the Netherlands Arab Emirates, but the majority of those affected had traveled or worked in Saudi Arabia. Iran so far spared by the coronavirus, recorded last Thursday, its first death from the disease and reported six cases of infection.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 8:12 am 
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31 May 2014 - The Ministry of Health, Population and Hospital Reform of Algeria notified the World Health Organization of two cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) on May 31, 2014. The two patients stayed in Saudi Arabia for the performance of Umrah. The date of onset of illness for both patients is 23 May 2013. The diagnosis and confirmation of the new coronavirus infection was established for both cases on May 30, 2014 by the National Reference Laboratory of the Pasteur Institute of Algeria. The first case, a 66 year old man presented with fever and dyspnoea on 23 May 2014 upon arrival from Mecca the same day. He was admitted to the Kolea Hospital EPH. The second case, a 59 year old man, also presented with Influenza like illness (ILI) and diarrhoea on May 23, 2014 in Saudi Arabia. He was hospitalized on May 29, 2014 and is being treated at the University Hospital (CHU) of Tlemcen hospital of Algeria.

This is the first laboratory confirmed human case of MERS-CoV in the WHO African region. The early detection and confirmation of these two cases is a result of intense preparedness activities implemented over the past months by the Ministry of Health, Population and Hospital Reform of Algeria in close collaboration with WHO and partners.

The following measures are being taken by national authorities: enhancement of surveillance particularly at points of entry; strengthening of infection prevention and control; case management; and sensitization of the population and health care workers on preventive and control measures that should be taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection. A meeting of the national epidemic management committee is planned for early next week to review the situation, carry-out a detailed risk assessment and provide additional recommendations on preventive and control measures that should be taken at all levels.

Based on the current information available for this event, WHO does not recommend that any travel or trade restrictions be applied to the Republic of Algeria.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 8:23 am 
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Urgent: Two confirmed cases Algeria Alert coronavirus
Two coronavirus infections were confirmed in Algeria, said yesterday a statement from the Ministry of Health, Population and Hospital Reform.
Are they the only proven case, given the number of Algerians who just returned from Saudi Arabia under Umrah? The official release is brief: "There are two Algerian men, aged 66 and 59, who stayed in Saudi Arabia for performing Umrah." Cases of two patients were reported respectively by services Health wilaya of Tlemcen and Tipasa.
The first topic was presented the first signs of fever and difficulty breathing, as well as the second, which also presented the first respiratory and digestive signs already during their stay in Mecca, the ministry statement said. Both patients were taken care of after their admission to health facilities in their respective wilaya.
Despite the measures taken by the Algerian authorities, questions remain about the care and prevention in Saudi Arabia has recorded over 540 coronavirus infections. All eyes are now on the National Hajj and Umrah, and other institutions involved in the organization and management of Algerian pilgrims for possible measures what now confirmed that the virus is indeed transmitted to our country. It should be recalled that Algeria has a quota of 27,000 places for Hajj season 2014.
In addition to the health authorities, supervision of religious affairs is arrested for the prevention and dissemination of information to prevent further contamination. The Ministry of Health states have strengthened since 27 April, the device monitoring and alerting established June 12, 2013 due to the evolution of the epidemiological situation of infection with this new virus Middle East, the source said. It is within this "heightened alert and sustained" that these two infections were reported and confirmed by the National Reference Laboratory for the coronavirus of the Pasteur Institute of Algeria, the statement added.
The Department also states continue to follow closely the evolution of the epidemiological situation and take appropriate all necessary measures that will be brought to the attention of the public, the source added. Ira does one, as suggested by some voice to the question of whether or not to send the delegation to the Holy Places hadjis this year.

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While WHO does not consider still necessary to declare a state of public health emergency of global scope, it nonetheless it found that "the gravity of the situation has increased in terms of impact on public health. "


A fact that continues to be confirmed worldwide, since every day new cases of coronavirus are reported. The virus has already killed 187 in Saudi Arabia since its appearance in 2012 A 11 year old child died last week in Riyadh, following the announcement of the death of six people -. Two women 55 and 80 years Riyadh, two men of 36 and 51 years in Medina and a 65 year old man and a 39 year old woman in Mecca.

Besides Saudi Arabia, cases of infection have been identified in other countries, including Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates or the United States and the Netherlands, but the majority affected people had traveled or worked in Saudi Arabia. As is the case of two Algerians, two men aged 66 and 59, who stayed in Saudi Arabia for performing Umrah, confirmed yesterday by the National Reference Laboratory for the coronavirus of the Pasteur Institute Algeria, currently hospitalized in Tlemcen and Tipasa.

Other cases may also appear in the coming days, warn experts who point out that it is a global concern. "Theoretically, other cases are suspected among those who have made an umra. For now, vigilance is required. It is especially important to take drastic at hospitals where patients can be treated suspects measures. The medical staff is first exposed to contamination that could be dramatic. Controls at borders and airports should also be provided on a regular basis, "notes Dr. Derrar, Executive Director of Centre Laboratory influenza reference to the Pasteur Institute and head of the unit of respiratory viruses. Dr. Derrar insists on vigilance medical teams for not attending to the rapid spread, especially if the number of imported cases increases. "We must prepare for the risk of spreading face strong import any case," put it on hold.

Moreover, the concern of specialists is also located at the manipulation of the virus that could contaminate the health professionals on a large scale. Virologists wondering already where samples of these patients were reviewed to confirm the diagnosis and cases. Because they indicate that this type of virus is treated at a P3 laboratory with a are at the Pasteur Institute of Algeria, Sidi Fredj, but currently closed for an internal conflict.

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The two cases of coronavirus detected by the health services in Algeria are currently supported in the hospitals of Tlemcen and Kolea (wilaya of Tipaza) said yesterday, Sunday, Dr Smail Mesbah, Director Prevention and Health Promotion at the Ministry. He wanted to explain, however, the national radio that there is no cause for alarm or "panic" because of the appearance of these two cases. "The international human transmission is low, but we must remain vigilant," he has said, arguing that "the effect of panic is useless." During the day Saturday, the Ministry of Health, Population and Hospital Reform announced in a statement that two coronavirus infections were confirmed in Algeria.

There are two Algerians, aged 66 and 59 years, who has, recently, "Umrah" in Saudi Arabia and were reported, respectively, by the services of the wilaya of Tipaza Health and Tlemcen. Both patients had presented the first signs of fever and difficulty breathing. The new strain of coronavirus appeared, in February 2012, and so far there are only 532 cases reported and recorded over the world, has yet explained Dr. Mesbah, that "a warning device and monitoring of all structures of Health, hospital services "was established, including borders.

"We have the capacity to diagnose this condition," he assured, adding that "we have, in all health facilities in the country, a safety stock and prevention." The Ministry of Health has strengthened since April 27, the monitoring and alert, set up on 12 June 2013, due to the evolution of the epidemiological situation of infection due to this new virus in the Middle East. In addition, the Ministry has set up teams that are mobilized to detect such cases, "people from Saudi Arabia and the Middle East, who have fever and cough are put in isolation and treated, "says again, Dr. Mesbah who added, regarding the two cases reported in Algeria, that" there are no cases of infection in their family. " As for the health system to the Holy Places of Islam, it is put in place, before departure, in collaboration with the National Office of "Umrah" and "Hajj". "The border control services are on alert for the return of the pilgrims," ​​he adds. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends to travelers visiting the Middle East, particularly in Saudi Arabia, to comply with hygiene rules, the "frequent and careful" hand washing, the liquid soap or rubbing with an alcohol-based solution.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:43 am 
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2 confirmed cases in Algeria

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Given the evolution of the epidemiological situation of the new coronavirus infection in the Middle East, particularly in Saudi Arabia, the Algerian Ministry of Health, Population and Hospital Reform (MSPRH) has strengthened since April 27, 2014, the monitoring and alerting established June 12, 2013.

It is in the context of this heightened alert and sustained only two cases of infection related to the new coronavirus subtype were reported by health services of the wilaya of Tipaza and Tlemcen. These are two men who have stayed in Saudi Arabia for performing Umrah.

The first case, 66 years old, presented the first signs type of fever and breathing difficulties during his stay in Mecca. The same day of his arrival, he was admitted to the EPH Koléa where he was immediately supported by health staff.

The second case, aged 59, who also presented the first respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms during their stay in Saudi Arabia, was hospitalized and supported CHU Tlemcen upon his return.

Confirmatory diagnosis of infection with the new coronavirus was established immediately by the National Reference Laboratory for Coronavirus of the Pasteur Institute of Algeria. At this stage of epidemiological evidence, the MSPRH informs that according to the World Health Organization, human transmission remains low.

However, MSPRH recommends that travelers to countries in the Middle East and especially to Saudi Arabia,:

· Adhere to the rules of hygiene by frequent and careful handwashing with liquid soap or friction with a hydroalcoholic solution

· Respect the rules of respiratory hygiene by using paper handkerchiefs disposable when coughing and sneezing.

· Quickly consult a doctor before any fever with respiratory symptoms (cough, difficulty breathing) ensuring tell him stay in one of the countries of the Middle East.

The MSPRH continues to follow closely the evolution of the epidemiological situation and will, if necessary, all the necessary measures that will be brought to the attention of public opinion.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:21 am 
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Concern of the family, solidarity population

06.02.14 | 10:00

Hospitalized at the University Hospital emergency Damerdji Tijani Tlemcen last Thursday early afternoon, Mohamed Benamar Benhmed, residing Sebra (30 km from the capital of the wilaya), is in a steady state.


Yesterday we went to the department of infectious diseases, the patient, a retired police officer, aged 59, is quarantined. It was difficult to pull a word caregivers who, it seems, had been ordered not to leave any filter information on this case. Even his relatives, including his mother, who had accompanied him to Umrah, do not have the right to approach the patient. Agglutinated behind a barred window, his family was waiting for a possible humanitarian gesture on the part of the medical profession consisting of reassurance.

"We returned from Saudi Arabia, there is a ten days. But already in Mecca, my son worried me because of strident cough. Me, I put it down to the fan in the room, because it was excruciatingly hot. Once returned home, at home, Benamar continued to cough, and more vomiting and diarrhea that had affected him. "Believing that his son has a simple bronchitis, old lady, Kheira, 82, tearful, paused, praying to God to save him. Mother, despite her age, is in good shape. She confirmed that she too had been subject to review, as soon as his son hospitalized. "The doctors let me go meaning that I had nothing, el hamdoulillah. If only it was me who was instead Benamar, "she said, very moved.

The patient's son, Mustapha, takes over giving more details. "Despite his fatigue, my father went to perform Friday prayers. Once back of the mosque, and before his alarming condition, we took him to the hospital Sebra, then finding that his condition remained on stand-by, we evacuated to a specialist to Maghnia us summoned to take him to the hospital presto city, Chabane Hamdoune. Here there was no picture, the doctor, who has consulted took the decision to evacuate in an emergency at the University Hospital of Tlemcen. After extensive analysis, they kept saying nothing we ... "

The Pasteur Institute of Algeria confirmed the virus before yesterday. A Sebra, people can only speculate. And although residents fear a possible contagion, they remain together with family Mohamed Benhmed. "We have nothing to fear, since the patient's family is healthy. Moreover, we do not know whether this virus is contagious ... "Khalti Keira, we managed to smile, promises to slaughter an ox when his son will be healed. "But pray to God with me for so Benamar safely from the hospital," us she implored. The first clinical signs coronavirus appear within 24 hours after infection: loss of appetite, fever, rapid breathing, cough, creepy, hunched posture. People with coronavirus infection suffer from severe lower respiratory tract, that is to say, of the lungs, which can lead to pneumonia.

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Two cases have been reported Coronavirus Tlemcen Tipasa
Dr. Mesbah: "The human transmission is weak"
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The Ministry of Health wishes to reassure citizens that the phenomenon of contagion of this disease is minimal and it should not create panic.

person transmission of coronavirus two confirmed cases were reported, one in Tlemcen and the other Tipasa, remains low. The Ministry of Health, endorsing the statement by the World Health Organization (WHO), like to reassure citizens that the phenomenon of contagion of this disease is minimal and it should not create panic. The virus seems contagious and not transmitted through the air. To date, we found no sustained human transmission, said Prof. Kamel
Sanhadji. Which confirms that the risk of epidemics are still insignificant. However, vigilance is required. Hence, the establishment of an early warning and monitoring system since June 12, 2013 increased in April, due to the evolution of the epidemiological situation of infection with this new virus in the Middle East, appeared in February 2012. All health facilities, health posts border control, hospital and reference laboratory services coronavirus were put on alert. This means that Algeria can make the diagnosis of this infection. The device is, says managing director of prevention and promotion of health ministry, Dr. Smail Mesbah, to preset the safety stock of means of protection, such as masks, goggles ... In every hospital, said the official, a space cleared to accommodate the cases which are the subject of isolation. Better, all health teams are mobilized to identify cases that would come from Saudi Arabia, in particular, or the Middle East, in general, especially those who have fever, cough, or difficulty breathing . These people are routinely hospitalized, isolated, harvested and processed.
's investigation immediately within families of the two victims who have performed Umrah has revealed, says Dr. Mesbah broadcast on radio Channel III, no new case. The emergency committee of the International Health Regulations of the WHO has reviewed the current situation and decided unanimously that the conditions for a public health emergency of international concern are not met yet. For health professionals to maintain vigilance against infection only. WHO recommends that travelers to the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, to respect, however, the rules of hygiene by "frequent and thorough" washing hands with liquid soap or rubbing with a solution hydro-alcoholic. It is also recommended to follow respiratory hygiene rules by using tissue paper disposable when coughing and sneezing and quickly consult a doctor before any fever with respiratory signs. In addition, DG Prevention Ministry of Health emphasizes that all vaccines are available in the PMI (maternal and child health).

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MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) arrived in Algeria in the form of cases in two men who had gone on an Umrah pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on May 31.

In addition, six more MERS cases were reported in Saudi Arabia today and over the weekend. And today, the Saudi Ministry of Health (MOH) tersely announced the firing of Deputy Health Minister Ziad Memish, MD, who long served as the government's lead spokesman on MERS and was often the target of criticism about the MOH's response to the disease.

In another MERS development, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) released a new MERS risk assessment on May 31, saying the risk for Europe remains low but that more cases will probably be imported to Europe from the Arabian Peninsula.

Algerian cases

The WHO's Regional Office for Africa said the two Algerian cases involved a 66-year-old man and a 59-year-old man who were in Saudi Arabia for the Umrah pilgrimage, but it did not indicate that the two traveled together.

The 66-year-old sought care for fever and dyspnea after arriving in Algeria from Mecca on May 23, and was hospitalized, the WHO said. The younger man got sick with an influenza-like illness and diarrhea in Saudi Arabia on May 23. He was hospitalized in a different Algerian hospital May 29.

The diagnosis of MERS-CoV was established for both men on May 30, the statement said. It gave no information about their conditions, their possible exposures in Saudi Arabia, or monitoring of their contacts.

Algeria is the 21st country to report a MERS case. The 20th was Iran, which reported two cases last week in women who had gone on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. All cases so far have had direct or indirect links to countries on or near the Arabian Peninsula.

The WHO said the "early detection" of the two Algerian cases resulted from "intense preparedness activities implemented over the past months by the Ministry of Health, Population and Hospital Reform of Algeria in close collaboration with WHO and partners."

Latest Saudi cases

The Saudi Arabian MOH reported 1 case each on May 31 and Jun 1 and 4 more cases today. They include 2 cases in Medina and 1 each in Jeddah, Al Jawf, Mecca, and Qunfudhah (also spelled Gonfodah).

Five of the patients are men, and the ages range from 31 to 57. Just one patient, a 31-year-old man in Medina, had contact with another MERS patient before getting sick, the MOH said.

The patient who died was a 42-year-old man in Al Jawf. Of the other five patients, three were in stable condition and two in critical condition, the MOH said.

Yesterday the ministry reported two deaths in previously announced cases, involving a 55-year-old man in Riyadh and a 45-year-old woman in Jeddah.

Also today, a MERS death was reported in Jordan. Arab News reported that a 69-year-old man who had diabetes and hypertension died on May 28, 5 days after he was hospitalized. The story said his demise raised Jordan's MERS death toll to six.

Sacking of Memish

Word of the firing of Memish came in a very brief announcement in Arabic on the Suadi MOH Web site today.

A computer translation of the statement, posted on Avian Flu Diary, an infectious disease blog, cited "a decision to release" Memish from his office, without giving a reason.

As noted by Avian Flu Diary, Memish has been an author of many research papers on MERS-CoV. He has also been criticized over the Saudi response to the disease, especially the generally sparse sharing of information about cases. The flow of information has improved somewhat since Adel bin Mohammad Faqih was named minister of health on Apr 21.

The lack of case-control studies in Saudi Arabia to help pinpoint the source of MERS-CoV infections has often been decried by experts.

Memish has defended his country's response to MERS-CoV on a number of occasions. Last week, for example, Reuters reported that he said he was "surprised" by allegations from scientists that Saudi officials had rejected offers of help in dealing with the disease.

Memish told Reuters that the government had been "nothing but collaborative," and he promised to continue involving more international partners, according to the story.

ECDC risk assessment

In its latest MERS risk assessment, the ECDC generally echoed its previous judgment in late April that the risk for cases in Europe is low but that more cases are likely to be imported from the Middle East.

"Currently, the risk of human infections and sustainable human-to-human transmission in Europe remains low," the agency said. But because of the increase in cases in the Middle East this spring and high volume of travel between that region and Europe, "it is likely that more cases will be imported and detected" in Europe.

The ECDC also said it is unlikely that the recent surge of cases can be explained either by viral mutations or by false-negative test results. But three other factors, it said, are probably playing a part in the increase:
•Increased transmission from animals
•Suboptimal infection control in hospitals (a conclusion that echoes what the WHO said on May 7)
•"A more sensitive case-detection algorithm used in some areas"

The ECDC also commented, "In addition, there is an increasing body of evidence that dromedary camels are the direct or indirect source of infection for many of the human cases."

See also:

May 31 WHO Africa statement on Algeria cases

Jun 2 Saudi MOH statement

Jun 1 Saudi MOH statement

May 31 Saudi MOH statement

Jun 2 Arab News story

Jun 2 MOH Arabic statement on Memish firing

Jun 2 Avian Flu Diary post on Memish

May 29 Reuters story quoting Memish

ECDC's 10th risk assessment for MERS-CoV

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