Meningitis in Africa
From 1 January to 12 May 2013, 9 249 suspected cases of meningitis, including 857 deaths, with a case fatality ratio of 9.3 percent, have been reported from 18 of the 19 African countries under enhanced surveillance for meningitis in the African Meningitis Belt. The number of cases reported so far are the lowest recorded during the epidemic season in the last ten years.
Novel Coronavirus – Saudi Arabia
The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has notified WHO of an additional laboratory-confirmed case with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).