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Qatar reports third Mers case

Authorities say that the second case is responding to treatment

  • Gulf News Report
  • Published: 14:14 August 21, 2013
  • Gulf News

Dubai: A 59-year-old Qatari man has been diagnosed with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (Mers-CoV), Qatar’s Supreme Council of Health (SCH) has said.

The case brings to three the number of people affected by the virus in Qatar.

In June, a 49-year-old Qatari man, who was the first to be diagnosed with the virus, died at a London hospital following his admission in September.

SCH said that the second case was responding to treatment and was doing well.

The newly infected man was reported to have felt the symptoms while abroad, but underwent a check-up upon his arrival in Qatar.

He was diagnosed with the disease following tests conducted at the National Influenza Laboratory, the SCH said in a statement reported in the local media on Wednesday.

The council said that the patient was receiving “appropriate” medical treatment and that “he is now in a stable condition”.

Surveillance and monitoring procedures are being strictly followed and prompt measures taken for the infection control of all cases of acute respiratory infections, especially those coming back from abroad, the statement said.

“All samples of suspected Mers-CoV cases are being examined at the National Influenza Laboratory in co-ordination with Hamad Medical Corporation.”

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