The rash of deaths in Saudi Arabia as a result of the new coronavirus has been traced to contamination of a dialysis machine at a private hospital in Hofuf, Saudi Gazette reports. If true, this is a useful knowledge. It means that the virus has not suddenly acquired the ability to infect via simple contact or through traveling through the air. Still, earlier deaths do not appear to have been hospital-related; the disease was acquired through a different manner.

Saudi public health officials are working with the World Health Organization to learn more about the still-mysterious disease. The article notes that it is fast-spreading and has a high mortality rate. The announcement of the hospital as a point of contagion is at least partially intended to quell fear in the city. Arab News reports that health care workers in the Eastern Province are extremely worried about their own health.

Probe: Coronavirus spread from tainted dialysis machine
Saudi Gazette report

HOFUF — The primary cause for the corona virus that spread in a private hospital in this Eastern Province city killing seven people and infecting six others in the past two weeks was a contaminated dialysis equipment, the local media reported on Wednesday.

Quoting informed medical and health sources, Al-Watan newspaper said an investigation committee formed to determine the causes of the coronavirus noted that a number of workers in the hospital did not observe the international rules necessary for combating epidemics.

The Ministry of Health on Sunday said it was in close contact with the World Health Organization (WHO) to find out more about the new type of the coronavirus.

The spread of the virus caused panic among the residents and led to a state of alert in the region’s health affairs departments.


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