Friday, November 15, 2013

Qatar Confirms Ninth MERS Case

November 15, 2013

Nine cases of MERS have been confirmed in Qatar
In the second MERS announcement in a week, Qatar's Supreme Council of Health reported that a 61 year old foreign worker has tested positive for the MERS virus in that country. The report states he arrived in Qatar a few months ago to look for work.

This makes nine cases in the gulf country to date. Six of the previous victims are Qatari citizens, including three victims who died. Three are expatriates, as is the most recent victim.

The MERS virus was confirmed at the Helmud Medical Corporation laboratory. He is currently in intensive care and it is not known if he had prior contact with another MERS case. His contacts have been tested for the virus and preliminary results have been negative.

image from the nation.com

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