Qatar confirms new Mers case

November 9, 2013 12:06 pm

Qatar confirms new Mers case

Doha 09th November 2013:  The Supreme Council of Health (SCH) in Qatar confirmed a new case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (Mers-CoV) yesterday with a 48-year-old resident affected.

The patient was diagnosed with the flu symptoms. He also suffers from various chronic diseases, SCH said in a statement.

All the family members of patient and others were checked up and the initial results were negative.

The council also declared the recovery of expatriate who had recently diagnosed with the disease.

This is the eighth confirmed case of MERS-CoV in Qatar since its first appearance in Saudi Arabia in 2012. The death toll due to the MERS virus in The Kingdom has risen to more than 50. There have been 130 confirmed cases of MERS coronavirus in 2012 out of which 42% of the patients have died.

The higher death percentage indicates MERS is much more dangerous than its sister SARS, the last major outbreak of which had been in Asia in 2003.

About the Author

Asad Ahmed Kan is a Special Correspondent for Qatar Chronicle. He has worked in the higher education industry for nearly 20 years. He also has an M.S. in instruction technology and distance education from Nova Southeastern University and a B.A. degree in computer science from Rollins College.

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