Junee 26, 2013
the Department of Communicable Disease Surveillance and Control at the
Ministry of Health, Oman, has identified the south of Oman (Dhofar) as a
high-risk area where nCoV infections could occur because of the
climate, overpopulation, and the different types of animals in the
To date, however, there have been no cases of nCoV
infections in Oman. "We have tested more than 90 people and have not
found any positive cases," a senior official said.
10 to 16, officials identified 12 suspected cases of coronavirus in
different parts of the country, but there were no positive cases.
Muscat, there were five cases, two from Dhofar, Sharqiyah, and
Dhahirah, and one from North Batinah, but there are no positive cases," a
senior official at the Ministry of Health (MoH) said.
from June 3 to 9, 12 people with suspected cases were admitted to
different hospitals across the country. But these did not develop into
international team of doctors who investigated a large number of cases
in eastern Saudi Arabia found nCoV has some striking similarities to
Currently, Saudi Arabia has reported 55 cases, of which 33
were fatal. Unlike SARS, though, scientists remain baffled as to the
source of nCoV.
'A distant relative'
A report in the New
England Journal of Medicine said the Middle East respiratory syndrome
coronavirus not only spreads easily between people, but within
hospitals. That was also the case with SARS, a distant relative of the
"However, we could not nail down how it was spread in
every case — through droplets from sneezing or coughing, or a more
Some of the hospital patients were not close to
the infected person, but somehow picked up the virus. In the right
circumstances, the spread could be explosive," the report said.
have continued to trickle in, and there appears to be a continuing
outbreak in Saudi Arabia, where 33 people have been killed. Also, nCoV
virus cases have been reported in the UAE, Jordan, Qatar, Britain,
France, Germany, Italy and Tunisia. Most of the victims have had a
direct connection to the Middle East region.
But coronavirus nCoV
appears more lethal than SARS. Compared to SARS, with an 8 per cent
death rate, the fatality rate for nCoV in the Saudi outbreak was about
65 per cent, though experts could be missing mild cases that might skew
The incubation period for nCoV is approximately two to seven days, although in some cases it may take as long as 10 days.
Also in some cases, incubation period of up to 14 days have been reported, especially in immune-compromised patients.
Some of the signs and symptoms are high fever, headache and chills, a general feeling of discomfort and body ache.
some cases, patients may develop a dry, non-productive cough that might
progress to a condition in which the oxygen levels in the blood become
low (hypoxia) and the patient could develop pneumonia," said an