Times of Oman
Dec 01, 2015 LAST UPDATED AT 06:26 AM GMT
MERS-Coronavirus claims life of 40-year-old Omani citizen in UAE
March 26, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Muscat: A 40-year-old Omani died in UAE due to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), according to World Health Organisation (WHO).

The WHO said that the citizen was first admitted to a hospital in Muscat on February 15 and was then readmitted to hospital in Abu Dhabi on March 17. "His condition deteriorated in Abu Dhabi hospital and he died on March 24," the WHO said.

A laboratory-confirmation was done on March 21. The patient had no history of recent travel outside of Oman and the UAE, and had no reported contact with animals or a laboratory-confirmed case. "Further epidemiological investigation is going on," the WHO said.

Globally, from September 2012, WHO has been informed of a total of 200 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 85 deaths.

In Oman, the MERS-CoV has claimed life of two people.

A 59-year-old patient who was under treatment died on December and the Sultanate's first MERS coronavirus patient died on November 10, 2013.

The first MERS-CoV victim, who was admitted to the hospital in Nizwa was suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure while the second victim died of lung failure.

Based on the current situation and available information, WHO encourages all the Middle Eastern countries to continue their surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) and to carefully review any unusual patterns. "Infection prevention and control measures are critical to prevent the possible spread of MERS-CoV in health care facilities. Health-care facilities that provide for patients suspected or confirmed to be infected with MERS-CoV infection should take appropriate measures to decrease the risk of transmission of the virus from an infected patient to other patients, health-care workers and visitors. Health care workers should be educated, trained and refreshed with skills on infection prevention and control," the WHO said.

It has also advised that people at high risk of severe disease due to MERS-CoV should avoid close contact with animals when visiting farms or barn areas where the virus is known to be potentially circulating. "For the general public, when visiting a farm or a barn, general hygiene measures, such as regular hand washing before and after touching animals, avoiding contact with sick animals, and following food hygiene practices, should be adhered to," it said.

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