For the first time since 2014, Lebanon health officials reported a Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) case, according to a Lebanon Ministry of Health press release (computer translated).


According to health officials, the patient was diagnosed on June 16 after experiencing days of fever and respiratory symptoms after return from Saudi Arabia.

He has been treated and is currently recovering at home.

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This is the second MERS case in Lebanon, The first case was reported in 2014.

MERS is a viral respiratory illness that was recently recognized in humans. It was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and has since spread to several other countries, including the United States. Most people identified as infected with MERS-CoV developed severe acute respiratory illness, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Many of them have died.