Doha, – Ministry of Public Health has announced that a new Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) case has been confirmed for a 25-year-old resident in Qatar, marking the second MERS-CoV case to be confirmed in the country this year and bringing the cumulative number of confirmed MERS-CoV cases since 2012 to 20 cases, among whom 7 have died.

The ministry also announced that the previous MERS-CoV case, a 62-year-old patient who was reported last month and admitted to Hamad General Hospital, has completely recovered and discharged home.

The patient had complaints of fever, cough, cold, and body pains for several days and sought a medical advice in a primary healthcare center where a sampled was withdrawn from him and tested positive for MERS-CoV according to Hamad Medical Corporation laboratories. Despite his stable condition, the patient was admitted to hospital, in consistence with the national infection prevention and control protocol for confirmed and suspected MERS-CoV cases to ensure the appropriate medical attention. However, neither a history of contact with similar cases nor a recent travel outside the country was reported for the patient who has no comorbidities.

Once the case has been confirmed, the rapid response team of the Health Protection and Communicable disease Control (HP and CDC) department at the MOPH have started a field investigation to identify the possible source of the infection and to verify whether any of the patient contacts has suspected symptoms according to the WHO standard case definition. Consequently, all traced contacts will be monitored over a period of two weeks, while those who develop suspected symptoms will then be subjected to confirmatory laboratory investigation.

The ministry of Public Health advices citizens and residents, in particular those with comorbidities or low immunity, to abide to cough etiquette and handwashing with soap and water thoroughly and avoid unnecessary contact with sick animals.

The ministry proclaimed that HP and CDC Hotlines 66740948 and 66740951 are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to any notification or enquiry related to infectious diseases. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency