WHO confirms one more MERS case in Qatar
A 23-year-old man in Qatar is the latest to have been affected by the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, WHO has announced.
Investigations have revealed that he was a worker in the animal barn owned by the previously laboratory-confirmed case. His condition is stable now
Since the first outbreak of the disease in 2012, a total of 145 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 62 deaths have been reported globally – two of which occurred in Qatar. Apart from acute respiratory ailments, diarrhea leading to renal failure has also been commonly reported among patients.
WHO has encouraged healthcare providers to continue their surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections (SARI), especially among recent travellers returning from the Middle East. Despite concerns over the spread of the disease during the Hajj season, there have been no travel or trade restrictions yet applied against countries severely affected by the MERS outbreak.