Severe respiratory disease associated with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus - 12th update, 16 October 2014
The risk to the EU posed by the outbreak of MERS-CoV remains low. The latest importation to the EU is not unexpected and does not indicate a significant change in the epidemiology of the disease.
On 30 September 2014, the Austrian Department of Health reported a laboratory confirmed MERS-CoV case with a recent travel history to Saudi Arabia . According to Austrian authorities, the 29-year-old female citizen of Saudi Arabia travelled by car from Riyadh to Affif in Saudi Arabia on 22 September from where she flew to Vienna, Austria via Doha in Qatar. She was symptomatic with an upper respiratory infection and fever prior to arrival in Austria. The patient sought medical care in Austria on 24 September and was admitted to a private hospital on 26 September from where she was transferred to the isolation ward of the reference hospital for highly infectious diseases in Vienna on 28 September 2014 . The patient is currently in a stable condition.
The MERS-CoV infection was laboratory confirmed on 29 September 2014. The patient has no history of exposure to camels or their products; no prior hospitalisation and no contact to a known MERS-CoV case or any sick person.
The case was symptomatic and assumed infectious prior to and during the flight to Austria. Therefore passengers and crew on the same flight with the MERS-CoV patient are being followed-up and personal data on the passengers and crew have been communicated to Qatar and Saudi Arabia . Contacts of the patient have been identified and informed about the disease and are being followed-up by the Austrian health authorities. According to the Ministry of Health of Austria, close contacts showing upper respiratory symptoms have been tested for MERS-CoV. The laboratory analyses were negative for all the contact persons tested .
Rapid risk assessment: Public health risks related to communicable diseases during the hajj 2019, Saudi Arabia, 9–14 August 2019
2 Jul 2019 - In 2019, the hajj will take place between 9 and 14 August. The risk for EU/EEA citizens to become infected with communicable diseases during the 2019 hajj is considered low, thanks to the vaccination requirements for travelling to Makkah (Mecca) and the Saudi Arabian preparedness plans that address the management of health hazards during and after hajj.
Rapid risk assessment: Severe respiratory disease associated with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), 22nd update
29 Aug 2018 - This update of ECDC’s risk assessment on MERS-CoV was triggered by the detection of a case imported into the EU/EEA from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). In this update, we reassess the risk for EU/EEA residents.
Rapid Risk Assessment: Public health risks related to communicable diseases during the Hajj 2017, Saudi Arabia, 30 August – 4 September 2017
10 Aug 2017 - This document assesses the potential risk of outbreaks and transmission of communicable diseases during the Hajj taking place between 30 August and 4 September 2017.