Monday, December 2, 2013

Eight Year Old Boy Diagnosed With MERS in UAE

December 2, 2013

Testing Lab at Mafraq Hospital in Abu Dhabi (image from
An eight year old Jordanian boy has been hospitalized in UAE after preliminary tests showed he was infected with the MERS virus, according to an announcement by health authorities in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

His symptoms are mild and the disease was discovered through contact testing of the family members of a man who was diagnosed with MERS two days before.

He may be related to an expectant couple who were reported to be hospitalized with the virus on November 29.

On Friday, UAE health officials reported that a 38 year old Jordanian man was admitted to the hospital with breathing problems and found to be ill with MERS. His wife, who is eight months pregnant, was also diagnosed with the illness and has been hospitalized.

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