Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Qatar MOH: Statement On Their 3rd MERS Case Of 2017



For the third time in just over 60 days (see earlier reports here, and here) Qatar's Ministry of Health has announced a new MERS case; their 21st since the virus emerged in 2012. Overnight @Crof at Crofsblog  picked up a Gulf Times media report on this case (see Qatar reports new MERS case, third this year).

Unlike the first two reported in 2017, which were without an obvious source of exposure, today's case had extensive contact with camels. 

The MOH is continuing to test close contacts of the patient and testing has been ordered on the livestock in order to identify the source.  Meanwhile the public is being reminded of the risks of contact with sick animals (particularly camels), the importance of good hygiene, and are being urged to consult a doctor at the first sign of fever, cough, and throat pain.

Ministry of Health announces the registration of new infection Corona

date of issue:  May 24, 2017

The Ministry of Public Health announced the registration of new cases of laboratory confirmed infection Corona causes syndrome Middle East respiratory resident at the age of 29 years, thus registering the third case this year, the total number of cases registered in Qatar since the beginning of the discovery of the virus to 21 cases including 7 deaths.

The patient , who works in the field of camel breeding has complained of the symptoms of fever, cough and pain in the body for several days , so he headed to Hamad General Hospital , where radiological examinations showed the presence of pneumonia acute that require further confirmatory tests in the reference laboratories of the Hamad Medical Corporation, which proved positive sample for the virus Koruna causes respiratory syndrome Middle East. Medical reports stated that the patient is in a stable condition and has been admitted to the hospital to receive proper medical care in line with the national protocol for dealing with cases of the new virus confirmed or suspected. Initial reports have reported that the patient does not suffer from any chronic illness and did not mix with people similar symptoms, and did not travel outside the country during the past two weeks.

Upon receipt of the communication of the case of the Rapid Response Team of the Department of Health Protection and Anti - Communicable Diseases at the Ministry of Public Health to conduct epidemiological investigation with the participation of the Department of Livestock at the Ministry of Municipal and Environment team in order to identify the potential source of infection and collect samples of camels , which was sponsored by the patient as well as follow - up of all potential contacts the patient to check if it matches them from the standard definition of a case of suspected according to the World Health Organization definition, is currently under way to conduct the necessary tests on them, which will continue to monitor them for two weeks to make sure You do not receive any symptoms on them to provide them with appropriate preventive advice.

And calls for the Ministry of Public Health all members of society, especially those at risk of developing complications of the disease such as those with chronic diseases or suffering from immune deficiency level of adherence to hygiene measures while avoiding contact with animals sick and to constantly wash your hands with soap and water and consult a doctor when feeling symptoms of fever, cough , and pain throat and in particular persons who deal closely with camels.

The rapid response team is working around the clock and receiving any complaints or concerns regarding the transition to digital disease hotline 66740948 or 66,740,951.

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