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Volume 22, Number 5—May 2016

Outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome at Tertiary Care Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2014

Deborah L. Hastings1, Jerome I. Tokars1, Inas Zakaria A.M. Abdel Aziz, Khulud Z. Alkhaldi, Areej T. Bensadek, Basem M. Alraddadi, Hani Jokhdar, John A. Jernigan, Mohammed A. Garout2, Sara M. Tomczyk, Ikwo K. Oboho, Andrew I. Geller, Nimalan Arinaminpathy, David L. Swerdlow3, and Tariq A. MadaniComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (D.L. Hastings, J.I. Tokars, J.A. Jernigan, S.M. Tomczyk, I.K. Oboho, A.I. Geller, D.L. Swerdlow); Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt (I.Z.A.M. Abdel Aziz); Ministry of Health, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (K.Z. Alkhaldi, T.A. Madani); King Fahd General Hospital, Jeddah (A.T. Bensadek, H. Jokhdar, M.A. Garout); King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Jeddah (B.M. Alraddadi); Central Board of Accreditation for Healthcare Institutions, Jeddah (H. Jokhdar); Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia (H. Jokhdar, M.A. Garout); International Medical Center, Jeddah (M.A. Garout); Imperial College of London, London, UK (N. Arinaminpathy); King Abulaziz University, Jeddah (T.A. Madani)

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Table 3

MERS cases potentially acquired at KFGH, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, March 2–May 10, 2014*

Category No. (%) cases Patient median age, y No. % male patients
All KFGH-acquired cases
78 (100.0)
59 (75.6)
Acquisition category
Cohort study case-patient† 50 (64.1) 56 37 (74.0)
Healthcare worker at KFGH 16 (20.5) 47 12 (75.0)
Visited patient treated at KFGH 9 (11.5) 47 8 (88.9)
Outpatient appointment at KFGH 3 (3.8) 59 2 (66.7)

*Cases were categorized as potentially KFGH-acquired for persons who had KFGH contact before MERS onset. KFGH, King Fahd General Hospital; MERS, Middle East respiratory syndrome.
†Patients with MERS onset 2‒14 days after emergency department, inpatient, or dialysis treatment at KFGH. Includes 3 healthcare workers (1 who worked at KFGH and 2 at other hospitals) who were admitted to KFGH inpatient areas or emergency department 2‒14 days before MERS onset.

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1These authors contributed equally to this article.

2Current affiliation: International Medical Center, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

3Current affiliation: Pfizer Inc., Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA.

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