Another Qatari MERS-CoV Case Raises Ramadan Concerns

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
By Paul Martin
August 26, 2013

Qatari Health Higher Council registered Monday a new case of the deadly coronavirus after a Qatari man was diagnosed with flu and other symptoms a few days back.
The 29-year-old was diagnosed in the national center for flu, and samples were sent to laboratories abroad for confirmation, the health authority said in a press statement.
The man is in “critical condition,” and he is currently under observation at the intensive care unit, the statement added.

The above comments describe the second MERS-CoV confirmed case in Qatar in the past week. Like the earlier case (59M), this case is reported almost exactly one year after another Qatari (49M) developed flu-like symptoms while performing Umrah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) during Ramadan. The 2012 case recovered after returning to Qatar, but symptoms returned after 2 weeks and his condition deteriorated. He was transported to England by air ambulance, where he was MERS-CoV confirmed (he was the second confirmed case). He was placed on life support and was hospitalized for 9 months prior to his death.

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