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UAE reports additional MERS case

The National IHR Focal Point of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reported one additional case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) infection on Dec. 11.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)/Cynthia Goldsmith; Azaibi Tamin

The patient is a 39-year-old male residing in Hemma Region, Oman. The case is currently asymptomatic, is in home isolation in Oman, and is being monitored for the development of symptoms.

On 2 December 2017, the case transported camels through the Al Ain-Mezyed entry point.  A total of 10 dromedary camels were screened for MERS-CoV, five of whom tested PCR positive. The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries are investigating the camels in the affected farm and infected camels have been quarantined.

The Abu Dhabi Public Health Division has communicated with the Ministry of Health in Oman and with the MERS-CoV infected case.  The case and his contacts have been provided information about further management and evaluation. Contacts were identified and all have tested negative for MERS-CoV.

Globally, 2122 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV including at least 740 related deaths have been reported to WHO.