By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Health officials in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reported one laboratory-confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in late December 2019.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the case is a 74-year-old male national who owns a camel farm located in Al Ain City, Abu Dhabi region in UAE where he is living.
He first presented with symptoms on Dec. 8 and was later admitted to the hospital and then the ICU.
He has a number of comorbidities to include hyperkalemia, diabetes mellitus with diabetic nephropathy, heart disease, asthma and hypertension.
Officials say he is in stable condition in intensive care unit isolation.
Since 2012, UAE has reported 89 cases of MERS-CoV (including this case) and 12 associated deaths. From 2012 through 29 December 2019, the total number of laboratory-confirmed MERS-CoV infection cases reported globally to WHO is 2494 with 858 associated deaths.
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