Friday, October 18, 2013

Qatar Reports Sixth MERS Infection

Qatari researcher
A 61 year old man from Qatar is being treated for MERS according to the Qatar Minister of Health and the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP). The man suffers from pre-existing medical conditions and is in stable condition.

Officials report that he has not traveled outside the country recently or been in contact with a known MERS case. Preliminary tests have not shown the virus to be present in family members or close contacts.

The previous cases of MERS in Qatar involved three cases in August 2013 and two the previous fall. The World Health Organization (WHO) has not confirmed the case and their count stands at 138 cases so far with 60 deaths. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) via Vaccine News Daily reports 141 confirmed cases with 62 fatalities.

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