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  • Greece - First case of MERS-Coronavirus ex- Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - April 18, 2014

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    Outbreak of coronavirus infection by MERS in Greece

    18/04/2014

    The first laboratory confirmed case of infection with MERS - coronavirus in Greek who recently returned from Saudi Arabia announced the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

    He was hospitalized in stable condition, a special unit of respiratory diseases,

    The evaluation of clinico 69 year old patient who is resident in Saudi Arabia, made after his arrival in Greece on 17 April from Jeddah because of prolonged febrile.

    The patient was tested and found positive in two consecutive molecular tests in Greek Pasteur Institute.

    The KEEL has taken all necessary actions to track and monitor the contacts of the patient both during the voyage to Athens, in cooperation with the Civil Aviation Authority, the Aerougeionomeio and the airline, and during his stay in Greece in collaboration with the hospital inpatient, where they have done the necessary actions.

    All measures to prevent and control spread of the disease to ensure the public health, already implemented, notes HCDCP.

    The Greek case is the 10th case of infection MERS-coronavirus diagnosed in Europe (in 5 different European countries: United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy).
    REAL.gr


    Just for confirmation: a lot of Greek sources carry the same report:

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    Case of coronaviruses in the country

    Greek who recently returned from Saudi Arabia carried the virus MERS

    The first laboratory confirmed case of infection with MERS - coronavirus in Greek who recently returned from Saudi Arabia and who is hospitalized in stable condition, a special unit of respiratory diseases, announced the Center for Disease Control (KEEL)

    The clinical evaluation of the 69 year-old patient who is resident in Saudi Arabia, made after his arrival in Greece on 17 April from Jeddah because of prolonged febrile. The patient was tested and found positive in two consecutive molecular tests in Greek Pasteur Institute.

    The KEEL has taken all necessary actions to track and monitor the contacts of the patient both during the voyage to Athens, and during his stay in Greece. All measures to prevent and control spread of the disease to ensure the public health, already implemented, notes HCDCP.

    The MERS-coronavirus is a new member of the family of coronaviruses, which in 2012 was identified as pathogenic to humans. The coronaviruses include both viruses that cause the common cold, and this causes the syndrome SARS.

    This new virus has no direct relationship with any of the other known coronaviruses, but disease accompanied by significant mortality. Until 17 April 2014 declared the World Health Organization (WHO) total 243 laboratory confirmed cases of MERS - coronavirus including 93 deaths, the majority of countries in the Gulf and Middle East.

    The Greek case is the 10th case of infection MERS-coronavirus diagnosed in Europe (in 5 different European countries: United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy).

    More: News.gr
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    Re: Greece announces first (imported) case of MERS-Coronavirus

    Athens, 18 April 2014
    PRESS RELEASE

    The HCDCP inform a laboratory confirmed case of infection with MERS - coronavirus in a patient aged 69 years, a Greek resident of Saudi Arabia, who is hospitalized in stable situation. The clinical picture of the patient was reviewed after arriving in Greece on 17/04/2014 from Jeddah Saudi Arabia because of prolonged febrile for which was estimated at the district hospital. Due compatible clinical and epidemiological history of the patient tested and found positive in two consecutive molecular tests in Greek Pasteur Institute. The HCDCP has taken all necessary actions to track and monitor contacts the patient both during the voyage to Athens, in cooperation with the Civil Aviation Authority, the Aerougeionomeio and the airline, and at the While in Greece, in collaboration with the hospital inpatient, where they have made ​​the necessary actions. All measures to prevent and control spread of the disease to ensure public health in accordance with the guidelines of HCDCP, the European CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) have already been implemented. The patient with actions of the National Center Health Operations (CERECO) is transferred to a special unit of respiratory diseases. As already mentioned in our previous update (press release 03/06/2013) the MERS-coronavirus is a new member of the family of coronaviruses, which in 2012 was recognized as pathogenic humans. The coronaviruses include both viruses that cause the common cold, and that this causes the syndrome SARS. This new virus has no direct relationship with any of the other known coronaviruses, but accompanied by a disease with significant morbidity. ( See more here https://translate.googleusercontent....hDD-cwBTrGmZVA ) . Until 17 April 2014 declared the World Health Organization (WHO) in total 243 laboratory confirmed cases of MERS - coronavirus including 93 deaths

    Features according to the WHO last incident declared on 04.17.2014 in respect traveler from Jeddah in Malaysia. The Greek case is 10 the outbreak of infection MERS-coronavirus diagnosed in Europe (in 5 different European countries: United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy). Until today confirmed cases of the disease occur mainly acute respiratory infection with fever, cough, and dyspnea, while highlighting the criticality of the application of strict control rules infections to prevent the spread of infection in the hospital environment. The precautionary measures are recommended for protection against MERS - coronavirus is what apply to other viral respiratory infections, ie to avoid close contact with people showing disease symptoms (cough, sneezing) and have recently traveled high-risk areas (Arabian Peninsula). It highlights timely seek medical assessment in travelers returning from the Arabian Peninsula and exhibit similar symptoms within 14 days of their arrival. The HCDCP is constantly vigilant regarding any further incidents detection in hospitals in the country. Under the International Health Regulations (IHR) and the European obligations the country HCDCP has been updated through the early Alert (EWRS) the European CDC (ECDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO) the incident and the steps taken in our country. The HCDCP informs that in accordance with international epidemiological data and because they have taken in our country all appropriate public health measures are not expected spread of the disease and not appropriate concern for the general population. More Info  Operations Center HCDCP https://translate.googleusercontent....hDD-cwBTrGmZVA Contact Tel: 210 5212054 - 210 5212000 • HCDCP: New coronavirus (MERS-CoV) • ECDC risk assessment of novel coronavirus: http://ecdc.europa.eu/en/publication...rm.aspx?ID=105 6 • World Health Organisation information on the novel coronavirus https://translate.googleusercontent....0u8MHvziGW5w-Q

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      Re: Greece announces first (imported) case of MERS-Coronavirus

      [Source: Ministry of Health of Greece, full page in Greek: (LINK). Automatic translation.]


      Greece, Ministry of Health update on the imported MERS-CoV case

      April 19, 2014


      MINISTRY OF HEALTH / E.K.EP.Y. / PRESS RELEASE

      Following the press release of 18/04/2014 KEELPNO, EKEPY inform the patient suffering from viral infection - pneumonia coronavirus ( MERS ), was hospitalized in Special negative pressure units.

      The diagnosis was confirmed by the Microbiology Laboratory of the Medical School of Athens University.

      The patient's condition is stable.

      Updated guidelines for the particular disease, have been sent to all hospitals in E.K.EP.Y. for further alert ( www keelpno . GR ).

      HCDCP complete tracing of all contacts of the patient during the voyage from the Arabian peninsula by Greece.

      As part of the above process is asked the taxi driver who transported the patient as a traveler from the Airport'' Eleftherios Venizelos'' in Amfialis Keratsinioy between the hours of 14:30 to 16:30 of 04/17/2014, to communicate with K / BUSINESS - KEEL phone: 210 5212054 & 210 5212000.


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        Re: Greece announces first (imported) case of MERS-Coronavirus

        Twitter messages from the WHO:

        @WHO

        On 18 April 2014, the Ministry of Health of Greece reported one laboratory-confirmed case of infection with #MERS

        @WHO

        The case is in a Greek citizen resident in Jeddah, #Saudi Arabia who travelled back to Greece on 17 April. #MERS

        @WHO

        While in Jeddah, the patient consulted a hospital repeatedly on 8 and 10 April for a febrile illness with diarrhoea. #MERS #KSA

        @WHO

        The patient also regularly visited his wife who was hospitalised from 31 March to 5 April in the same hospital for typhoid fever. #MERS

        @WHO

        Globally, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of 250 lab-confirmed cases of infection with #MERS-CoV, including 93 deaths.

        ...

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        • #5
          Re: Greece announces first (imported) case of MERS-Coronavirus

          MERS-CoV update: Greece reports first case

          20-04-2014

          On 18 April 2014, the Ministry of Health in Greece reported one laboratory-confirmed case of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

          The patient is a 69-year-old male Greek citizen residing in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, who travelled back to Greece on 17 April. While in Jeddah, the patient consulted a hospital on 8 and 10 April for a febrile illness with diarrhoea. He was diagnosed with probable typhoid fever and treated. He had regularly visited his wife who was hospitalised from 31 March to 5 April in the same hospital for confirmed typhoid fever.

          The patient sought medical care upon arrival in Greece on 17 April. The evaluation revealed a bilateral pneumonia and the diagnosis of MERS-CoV infection was made at the National Reference Laboratory for Influenza.

          The patient is in stable condition and is receiving appropriate treatment.

          This is the first case of MERS-CoV infection in Greece.

          Individuals who had close contacts with the patient in the plane, the hospital in Greece and in the community have been identified and are being contacted. So far, none of the contacts has fallen ill.

          Hellenic health authorities issued a press release to inform the population and informed all Greek hospitals on measures that need be taken to identify suspect patients and implement appropriate preventive measures.

          Globally, from September 2012 to date WHO has been informed of a total of 250 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 93 deaths.

          Based on the current situation and available information, WHO encourages all Member States to continue their surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) and to carefully review any unusual pattern.

          WHO does not advise special screening at points of entry with regard to this event nor does it currently recommend the application of any travel or trade restrictions.

          WHO
          “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
          Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

          ~~~~ Twitter:@GertvanderHoek ~~~ GertvanderHoek@gmail.com ~~~

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            Re: Greece - First case of MERS-Coronavirus ex- Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - April 18, 2014

            [Source: Greece Ministry of Health, full page in Greek: (LINK). Automatic translation.]


            Greece MoH update on 1st imported MERS-CoV case condition

            April 21, 2014

            General Chest Diseases Hospital 'Sotiria' / Office of the Governor / PRESS RELEASE


            Today, at 11 morning, the medical board informed that the MERS patient suffered from heavy acute respiratory distress syndrome.

            The patient has been transferred to the ICU of the First University Clinic of Pulmonary and his condition is considered critical.

            The Governor / Dr. Miltiadis Papastamatiou


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            • #7
              Re: Greece - First case of MERS-Coronavirus ex- Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - April 18, 2014

              Source: http://www.matrix24.gr/2014/04/mers-...e-coronavirus/

              22/04/2014@13:46
              MERS patient's contacts found negative for the coronavirus

              ...The 69-year-old patient, permanently residing Saudi Arabia, is hospitalized in a special unit of respiratory diseases, said KEELPNO that has taken all required actions for tracking and monitoring the patient’s contacts, both during his flight to Athens and his stay in Greece. Authorities have traced all persons that came in contact with the patient including the taxi driver that took him from the airport to Amfiali in Keratsini district. They have all been tested, with the initial results coming out negative...

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              • #8
                Re: Greece - First case of MERS-Coronavirus ex- Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - April 18, 2014

                Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mers-vir...man-in-greece/


                By Jessica FirgerCBS NewsApril 23, 2014, 4:17 PM
                MERS virus diagnosed in man in Greece

                ...Kathimerini, a newspaper in Athens, say health officials determined the man came into contact with 73 people from the time he boarded the plane to when he was admitted and isolated at the hospital. "Two of the 73 people exposed to the victim -- his wife and the taxi driver who collected him from Athens International Airport last Thursday -- have already undergone laboratory tests and tested negative for the virus," the paper reports.

                According to WHO, the patient visited a hospital in Saudi Arabia before embarking on his flight. At that medical facility he presented with symptoms that included fever and diarrhea, and was misdiagnosed with typhoid fever...

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                • #9
                  Re: Greece - First case of MERS-Coronavirus ex- Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - April 18, 2014

                  Greek man returning from Persian Gulf cleared for MERS

                  A Greek man who returned to Athens from the Persian Gulf tested negative for the rare and deadly respiratory disease MERS, which has killed dozens of people in Saudi Arabia.

                  The 70-year-old was being treated in a negative pressure room at Sotiria Hospital in Athens.

                  Authorities said they have also tested two other people who had MERS-like symptoms but both cases were negative.

                  http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w...04/2014_539331

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