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.

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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.

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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.