New case of Mers coronavirus in Abu Dhabi

A man in Abu Dhabi tested positive on Tuesday for Mers coronavirus.

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ABU DHABI // A man in Abu Dhabi tested positive on Tuesday for Mers coronavirus.

The patient, who is thought to be a Bangladeshi labourer, is being treated in hospital.

In January, the World Health Organisation reported that a 73-year-old man and an 85-year-old woman had tested positive for the virus.

Dr Fatma Al Attar, head of international health regulation at the Ministry of Health and Prevention, said: “This case is the first since the one in January. It’s good that the cases are very few and sporadic, and that some are cured.”

Between May 15 and June 15 this year, there were six cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, including one death, in Saudi Arabia, according to the WHO.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention advised those travelling for Umrah to take precautions.

“Most of the cases are outside of Mecca or Medina. However, people should take some precautions, like covering their mouth and nose during sneezing as virus spreads. Don’t share prayer mats,” said Dr Al Attar.

The Health Authority Abu Dhabi said it was coordinating with the Ministry of Health and Prevention and other government entities, and has taken all necessary measures according to standards and recommendations from the WHO.

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