Earlier this week in Oman: MOH Announces 7th MERS Case, we learned of a new Coronavirus infection, but few details were provided. Today the World Health Organization has posted an update which provides the onset dates (Dec 25th), hospitalization date (Jan 1st), and possible exposure (camels) on this 44 year old male patient.
On 3 January 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of Oman notified WHO of 1 additional case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection.
Details of the caseA 44-year-old male from the North Batinah Governorate developed symptoms on 25 December and, on 1 January, was admitted to hospital. On 3 January, the patient, who has no comorbidities, tested positive for MERS-CoV. Currently, he is in stable condition in a negative pressure isolation room on a ward. The patient has a history of exposure to dromedary camels in the 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms. He has no history of exposure to other known risk factors in the 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms. Contact tracing of household contacts is ongoing for the case. Investigation of camels is also ongoing.
Globally, since September 2012, WHO has been notified of 1,626 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including at least 586 related deaths.