WHO confirms MERS-CoV case in Oman

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Oman reported a case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) on August 30, WHO has said. Twelve cases were also reported from Saudi Arabia between August 15 and 30.

“On August 30, the national IHR focal point of Oman reported one case of MERS-CoV. The last report of MERS-CoV from Oman was on November 29, 2016,” the WHO said in a statement.

The infection was reported in a 54 year old male from Musannah.

He was first hospitalised on August 21, while laboratory confirmation came on August 29. The patient’s condition was said to be stable.

“The Ministry of Health in Oman is conducting contact tracing and follow-up of family and healthcare workers at the hospitals where the patient was treated. Laboratory testing for symptomatic and high-risk family

contacts, including healthcare workers is under way. Community members and those who have been in contact with the patient are being educated on infection prevention, mass gatherings, travel, and other related topics, following Oman MERS-CoV National Preparedness and Response Guidelines,” WHO said.

Globally, 2,080 laboratory-confirmed MERS-CoV cases including at least 722 related deaths have been reported to WHO till September 12.

According to WHO, MERS-CoV causes severe human infections resulting in high mortality. Close direct or indirect contact with infected dromedaries is the source of human infections. MERS-CoV has demonstrated the ability to transmit between humans.

WHO added that the notification of additional cases does not change the overall risk assessment. “WHO expects that additional cases of MERS-CoV infection will be reported from the Middle East, and that cases will continue to be exported to other countries by individuals who might acquire the infection after exposure to animals or animal products or a human source (in a healthcare setting).”

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