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SCH reports new MERS case in Qatar

SCH reports new MERS case in Qatar

The Supreme Council of Health announced that a Qatari man, aged 69, has been infected with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus (Mers-CoV), and is currently being treated at the Hamad General Hospital.

According to a report in Gulf Times, the patient showed flu-like symptoms and was diagnosed with pneumonia before laboratory tests confirmed it to be a Mers-CoV case. The patient is said to have a history of chronic illnesses.

SCH officials have urged Qatar residents to practise precautionary measures, especially when visiting farms or camel barns. It’s advisable to stay away from sick animals and wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling camels or any other farm animal.

The SCH has also said that people with diabetes, renal failure, chronic lung disease, and immune-compromised persons are at a higher risk of severe disease from MERS‐CoV infection. Such patients should avoid contact with camels, drinking raw camel milk or eating meat that has not been properly cooked.

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