Published On: Fri, Aug 30th, 2013

MERS coronavirus: 29-year-old Qatari man is the 104th case globally

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Thursday that they were informed about two additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)  of of Qatar.

Confirmation of both cases was performed by an international reference laboratory, according to the WHO.

One case, which was previously reported on Aug. 21, is a 59-year old man with an underlying medical condition.

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According to new information, the patient’s travel history included a 6-day trip to Medina, Saudi Arabia. He returned in Qatar on Aug. 15, the same day he became ill.

Preliminary epidemiological investigations show that he did not take part in Umrah and did not visit to Al-Masjid an-Nabawi in Medina.

He is currently in stable condition at a local hospital.

The second patient, a 29-year-old man with an underlying medical condition with no travel history, is the latest MERS-CoV case reported. There is no report on his current condition.

Globally, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 104 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 49 deaths.

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