Although Oman has only reported a small handful of MERS cases over the past three years, its camels are known to carry high levels of antibodies to the virus (see Lancet: Camels Found With Antibodies To MERS-CoV-Like Virus).
Earlier this month two truck drivers transporting camels from Oman to the UAE were found to be asymptomatically infected (see WHO: Asymptomatic MERS-CoV Case – UAE).
Today Oman's Ministry of Health has announced their 6th MERS case, and the first one detected since last January's cluster of three cases (see WHO: Oman Reports 3rd MERS Case Of 2015).
The Ministry of Health affirmed that it recorded a new case with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-COV). The new case is the sixth from the total number of cases recorded in the Sultanate, where the last case was diagnosed in January this year.
This case is related to a 75-years-old patient suffering from severe pneumonia and high fever. The condition of the patient is stable and under observation and treatment in referral hospital.
The Ministry of Health confirms the continuation of its efforts to monitor and control the disease through the affective epidemic monitoring system in-force, as well as the readiness of all referral hospitals to handle with such cases. Whereas, the Ministry proceed the preventive health procedures with the other relevant authorities.
The Ministry calls all citizens and residents to adhere with advices and guidance that effectively contribute to overcome a lot of health problems and infections including respiratory diseases, foremost of which are; public hygiene, cleaning hands and following the proper health practices while coughing and sneezing.