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UAE reports case of MERS virus infection
Dubai, July 14, 2013
The UAE Ministry of Health (MoH) has notified the World Health Organisation (WHO) of a laboratory-confirmed case of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the country.
The patient is an 82-year-old man with underlying medical conditions and is currently in critical condition.
Globally, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 82 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 45 deaths.
Based on the current situation and available information, WHO encourages all member states to continue their surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) and to carefully review any unusual patterns, a statement said.
Health care providers are advised to maintain vigilance. Recent travelers returning from the Middle East who develop SARI should be tested for MERS-CoV as advised in the current surveillance recommendations, it said.
Specimens from patients’ lower respiratory tracts should be obtained for diagnosis where possible. Clinicians are reminded that MERS-CoV infection should be considered even with atypical signs and symptoms, such as diarrhea, in patients who are immunocompromised, WHO said.
The statement said WHO does not advise special screening at points of entry with regard to this event nor does it currently recommend the application of any travel or trade restrictions. - TradeArabia News Service