Updated on 2 July 2014
Mr Madani said that the team had devised 25 research projects to assess the spread of such deadly diseases
Singapore: After receiving constant accuses from global experts for a lack of case control studies on MERS that fueled the enormous spread, the Saudi Ministry has finally started epidemiological case control study for the deadly disease.
Chief Saudi scientist Mr Tariq Madani said the ministry had recruited patients for a crucial study on the source of the virus to nail in the etiology and mode of transmission. He said that the study would look at 20 cases and 80 controls.
Mr Madani added that this would answer many questions about how the deadly virus tore out in Saudi jumping from bed to bed. "These studies should have been done long ago, but unfortunately it wasn't. So it formed the top priority of the research project in evaluating the deadly virus," he said.
Mr Madani said that the new adopted approach to solving the menace of MERS was very transparent and open to all global experts to help Saudi fight this virus. The study would focus only primary cases of MERS avoiding patients who have contracted the disease from other MERS patients. This he believed would help in answering the mode of transmission of the virus.
The team conducting the study includes several international scientists and experts who helped develop the WHO's guidance for a case-control study on MERS, which was issued to affected countries in March.
Mr Madani said that a 25 study research agenda was initiated that included analysis of interactions between humans and animals, detailed studies of outbreaks in hospitals, and treatment options.