Monday, October 28, 2013

Asymptomatic MERS Case Discovered in Qatar

MERS has been confirmed in eight countries
Qatar's Minister of Health is reporting a new case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in that country. The latest victim is a 23 year old foreign worker who showed no symptoms and was discovered during 'epidemic investigation procedures', according to this short article.

The patient has been released from the hospital and is in stable condition. Close contacts of the person have been checked and show no signs of MERS.

UPDATE October 30, 2013: WHO reports that this recent Qatari case is a close contact and employed in an animal barn of the previous MERS patient where he was exposed to camels, sheep and chickens.

If confirmed, it would raise the total of MERS infections in Qatar to seven, two of which were reported in the last two weeks alone. So far, the World Health Organization has verified 144 cases of the dangerous corona virus in eight countries. 64 of those infected have died.

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