November 14, 2013
KUWAIT CITY - Kuwait has reported its second case of the deadly MERS coronavirus for a man who just returned from abroad, the health ministry said.
In a statement cited by the official KUNA agency late Wednesday, the ministry said the new case was for a 52-year-old Kuwaiti national who was in a stable condition.
Media reports said the patient had just returned from a visit to neighbouring Saudi Arabia.
The announcement came hours after Kuwait reported its first case of the MERS virus for a 47-year-old Kuwaiti man who was in critical condition.
Kuwait is now the fifth state in the Gulf to report the disease.
The ministry said the latest case was not related to the first patient and both have been isolated at the country's Infectious Diseases Hospital. Relatives of the two patients had also been examined.