Friday, February 7, 2014

UAE Man Hospitalized With MERS

MERS virus
The World Health Organization announced another laboratory confirmed MERS case in the UAE. He is a resident of Abu Dhabi and suffers from chronic medical conditions.

The 66 year old man became ill on January 20 and was admitted to the hospital on January 24 with pneumonia and renal failure.

He is currently in the intensive care unit and in stable condition. Health officials are testing close contacts and conducting epidemiological studies.

The man is known to keep camels in the UAE and had recently traveled to Oman where he also had contact with camels.

The United Arab Emirates ranks second only to Saudi Arabia in MERS infections. From September, 2012, WHO reports a global total of 182 confirmed cases of MERS with 79 fatalities.

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