Friday, November 8, 2013

Qatar Reports Eighth MERS Infection

MERS corona virus
A man from Qatar has been diagnosed with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), according to the Qatar Supreme Council of Health.

The man is a 46 year old who is reported to have chronic health problems. His close contacts were checked for the virus and all have tested negative.

The statement from the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) says that Qatar has declared 'at least three' previous cases and the disease had been reported in 'several regional counties'. It also stated that a previously reported MERS patient had recovered after medical treatment.

The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) reports this is the eighth case of the virus in Qatar. If confirmed it could bring the total to 155 MERS infections worldwide, including 64 fatalities.

Qatar is the fourth country this week to report additional MERS infections. On November 7, Saudi Arabia reported two more cases. The UAE reported an Omani national was ill with the virus on November 6, the same day a woman was reported to be hospitalized with MERS in Spain.

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