Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Qatar: MOH Statement On Their 19th MERS-CoV Case


While primarily a Saudi problem, scattered MERS-CoV infections have been reported across the Arabian Peninsula; most prominently in the UAE, Jordan, and Qatar.  While a number of these non-Saudi cases had recent travel history to KSA, many - like the one announced today from Qatar's MOH - appear to be locally acquired.

My thanks to @Crof at Crofsblog who published a media account (see Qatar: Fresh MERS case; HMC takes all precautions) overnight.

Below you'll find the (translated) MOH statement, which while lengthy, provides more reassurance than actual details on the case. We do learn the patient did not travel outside of Qatar in the two weeks prior to falling ill, and that the patient had a chronic health condition.

Beyond that, we'll probably have to wait for a WHO Update.

Ministry of Public Health announces the registration of the case of infection Coruna

date of issue: March 21, 2017 

Ministry of Public Health announced the registration of new cases of laboratory confirmed infection corona virus that causes AIDS Middle East respiratory a resident at the age of 62, suffers from a chronic disease, thus registering the first case that is recorded during the current year, bringing the number of cases that have been registered in the State of Qatar since the beginning of the virus was detected 19 cases resulted in seven deaths.

The symptoms of fever and night sweats, abdominal pain had begun to appear in the patient showed laboratory tests that were made in the reference laboratories of the Hamad Medical Corporation diagnosis Koruna emerging cause of the syndrome Middle East respiratory virus has been isolated to receive proper medical care, it is recalled that the patient did not mix with people with symptoms similar , he did not travel outside the country during the past few weeks.

Upon receipt of the communication of the situation by the Rapid Response Team of the Department of Health Protection and Anti - Communicable Diseases at the Ministry of Public Health to conduct epidemiological investigation and joint , which aims to identify the possible source of infection and follow up on all potential contacts of the patient to check if it was them who matches the standard definition of a case of suspected , according to the Organization of definition World Health work is currently underway to conduct the necessary tests on them, which will continue to keep tabs on for two weeks to make sure that the appearance of any symptoms they provide them with appropriate preventive advice.

And calls on the Ministry of Public Health all members of society, especially those at risk of complications from the disease to consult a doctor when feeling symptoms of fever, coughing and sore throat with adherence to hygiene measures such as avoiding contact with sick animals Continuously wash your hands with soap and water.

The rapid response team at the Ministry of Public Health is working around the clock and have any complaints or concerns related to the transition of diseases hotline 66740948 or 66740951 numbers.

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