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28-year-old man tests positive for MERS-CoV

On Monday 24th July, a 28-year-old man tested positive for the potentially fatal Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in a city in Abu Dhabi on the border with Oman, as reported by the World Health Organisation. Last month, The man was admitted to a hospital in the city of Al Ain. WHO said that Health officials had checked 108 people that he was in contact with, but no secondary infections had turned up so far, it added. There were no signs the man had come into contact with dromedary camels, which spread the disease that is separate from COVID-19. It gave no more details on his current condition, It added. According to the WHO website, the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory disease caused by the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS‐CoV) that was first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Typical MERS symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Pneumonia is common, but MERS patients may not always develop this condition. Gastrointestinal symptoms, including diarrhea, have also been reported among MERS patients. WHO figures have recorded have been recorded 2,605 cases and 936 associated deaths in 27 countries since 2012.

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