Biological Hazard: MERS-COv in Abu Dhabi
Epidemic Hazard – Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-COv)
Middle-East – United Arab Emirates | Abu Dhabi
Bio-hazard Level: 4/4 Hazardous
Location: N 24° 28.000, E 54° 22.000
Update on Wednesday, 09 July, 2014 at 14:20 UTC
Two new cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (Mers-CoV) have been detected in the capital, the UAE Ministry of Health confirmed on Wednesday. Both individuals are reported to be stable at present, and are continuing to receive the necessary treatment. A ministry official told Gulf News that one of the infected patients is Emirati, while the other is of Arab origin. Both are middle-aged. “They are being treated at Mafraq Hospital and are expected to be discharged within a few days,” he added.
Update on Thursday, 19 June, 2014 at 06:34 UTC
An Indonesian has contracted the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and is currently undergoing treatment in Abu Dhabi, a Health Ministry official said. “An Indonesian citizen has tested positive for MERS-CoV,” secretary of the ministry’s directorate general of disease control and sanitation Muhammad Subhan said as quoted by Antara news agency on Wednesday. The Indonesian, who is a resident of Surabaya in East Java, contracted the virus while in Saudi Arabia performing umrah (minor haj pilgrimage), he said. “The Indonesian has not been allowed to return home after testing positive for the virus,” he said. The Health Ministry has so far detected 169 suspected cases of MERS-CoV. Of the 169 suspected cases, 161 have been declared negative, while the other eight are being monitored. “We will be monitoring the eight people for the next 14 days. We have also examined samples of their blood,” he said. “Overall, no suspected case of MERS-CoV infection has been declared positive in Indonesia. Indonesia is still free from MERS-CoV,” he said.
Biological Hazard in United Arab Emirates on Saturday, 24 May, 2014 at 06:03 (06:03 AM) UTC.
The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) revealed Friday that the health ministry of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has informed it of three additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. WHO said all the three patients were males aged between 26 and 71 years. The UN agency said contact investigations are ongoing and added that further information will be communicated when available, From September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 635 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV globally, including 193 deaths. Based on the current situation and available information, WHO urged all Member-States to continue their surveillance for Severe Acute Respiratory Infections (SARI) and carefully review any unusual patterns. WHO stressed that recent travelers returning from the Middle East who develop SARI should be tested for MERS-CoV as advised in the current surveillance recommendations. Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can cause a range of ailments from the common cold to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which became an epidemic in 2003. The virus could be transmitted between people in close and prolonged contact. The sources of infection for the new coronavirus are still unclear. The deadly Novel Coronavirus (NCoV) strain, recently renamed MERS-CoV, reflects the fact that most of the reported cases are from that region, mainly Saudi Arabia. Nevertheless, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Tunisia, the US and the United Kingdom have also reported laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS-CoV infections. Those patients were either transferred there for care of the disease or returned from the Middle East and subsequently became ill.
Source: RSOE EDIS