Hat-tip Avian Flu Diary
7 February 2014 -
On 3 February 2014, United Arab Emirates (UAE) notified WHO of
an additional laboratory-confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory
Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection.
The case is a 66 year-old male UAE national, residing in Abu
Dhabi. He had onset of symptoms on 20 January 2014 with an upper
respiratory tract illness and was admitted to hospital on 24 January
2014 with pneumonia and renal failure. He had underlying medical
MERS-CoV was laboratory-confirmed at the national laboratory in
Abu Dhabi on the 30 January 2014 by two positive PCR targets. The
patient is currently in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in stable
condition. Public health authorities are carrying out contact tracing
and an epidemiological investigation.
The patient owns camels in UAE and has recent travel history to Oman from 20 January 2014 where he had contact with camels.
Globally, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a
total of 182 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV,
including 79 deaths.