Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Kuwait Announces Second MERS Case

Health officials from at least thirteen countries
have currently reported MERS infections. 
In the second announcement within hours, the Kuwaiti Minister of Health is reporting another man has tested positive for the MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) virus in the gulf country.

The Kuwait News Agency reports that he is 52 years old and in stable condition. They reported he recently returned from 'an overseas trip.'

"The man was admitted to the Infectious Diseases Hospital and the necessary preventive measures were put in place pursuant to the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO)," said Dr. Mosaab Al-Saleh, who leads the Health Ministry's anti-epidemic unit.

He noted that this case is not related to the first MERS patient in Kuwait, who was announced earlier today and said that contacts of the first victim were all currently in good health. He promised to keep the public updated on new developments 'in a transparent way.'

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