By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
The World Health Organization (WHO) reported a confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in a 65-year-old male from Doha.
This is the 23rd MERS-CoV case reported in Qatar since Oct. 2012.
According to WHO, the patient developed cough, palpitations, dizziness, chills and rigor on 9 February, and was admitted to a hospital on the same day. A nasopharyngeal swab was collected on 17 February and tested positive for MERS-CoV by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) (UpE and Orf1a genes) at the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology (DLMP) in Hamad Medical Corporation on 17 February.
He has underlying comorbidities including diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and coronary artery disease. He is in critical condition and has been isolated in the intensive care unit. The case-patient has a history of close contact with dromedary camels in the 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms.
Since 2012, the total number of laboratory-confirmed MERS-CoV infection cases reported globally to WHO is 2521 with 866 associated deaths.
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