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    DUBAI, Dec 20 (KUNA) -- Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has reported a new case of novel coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the UAE's emirate.
    The 68-year-old patient, who suffers from diabetes and chronic kidney failure, was admitted to hospital after showing symptoms of the SARS-like virus, the Emirate News Agency (WAM) reported.
    DHA affirmed that it was coordinating with the Ministry of Health and other health authorities in this regard and has taken necessary precautionary measures in line with international recommendations and standards set out by the World Health Organization (WHO) including epidemiological investigations for those in touch with the patient, the WMP said.
    The Ministry of Health said the first laboratory confirmed case of MERS-CoV was announced by WHO on 20th September 2012 and up to 17th December, 2013, WHO confirmed 165 cases globally.
    WHO stressed that the virus is not a concern for public health at the moment, and that the current situation does not require a travel ban to any country in the world, nor screenings at different ports, nor any restrictions on trade. (end) KUNA 201734 Dec 13NNNN

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    Re: UAE reports new coronavirus case

    Media Reports Of A MERS Case In Dubai

    UAE?s Proximity to Saudi Arabia

    # 8094

    Over the past week or so our attentions have been directed towards the evolving H7N9 story in China, while news of the MERS coronavirus in the Middle East has ? temporarily, at least ? slowed. Saudi Arabia?s case count has remained static for a couple of weeks, and we?ve only seen one WHO MERS GAR update during that time.
    Although I?ve not found anything official on the Dubai Health Authority website, this morning multiple Arabic media sources are reporting that a 68 year-old man has been diagnosed with the MERS Coronavirus in Dubai.

    If confirmed, according to FluTrackersMERS Case Count List, this would make the 12th case reported from the United Arab Emirates.
    The following report from is representative of the other reporting this morning from the UAE.
    "Dubai Health" diagnosed cases of infection with "Corona" to a patient AED
    • WAM Dubai

    Date: December 20, 2013
    DHA announced for the diagnosis of the Corona virus that causes respiratory syndrome Middle East citizen to a patient in a hospital in Dubai.
    The age of the patient, a 68-year-old suffering from respiratory symptoms was admitted to hospital evacuated, where he was diagnosed with a currently receiving treatment in intensive care. The patient suffers from diabetes and chronic kidney failure.
    She DHA they are in coordination with the Ministry of Health and health authorities and relevant state in this regard and has taken the necessary measures and precautions in accordance with the recommendations of the scientific and conditions and criteria adopted by the World Health Organization, including epidemiological investigation of Mkhaltin.
    The Ministry of Health explained that the first HIV infection coronary new "corona virus" had been announced in the September 20, 2012 by the World Health Organization. Until December 17, 2013 the organization announced about 165 confirmed cases of the corona virus globally.
    The ministry pointed out that the World Health Organization confirmed that the virus is not a concern for public health at the moment and stressed that the current situation does not require any action to ban travel to any country in the world and does not require tests early in the ports states do not impose any restrictions on trade.
    The ministry has assured everyone that the cases detected around the world are still limited compared to the proliferation of other types of flu and confirmed that the health situation is not a cause for concern and that the ministry is following the situation closely and to ensure the health and safety of everyone.
    Posted by Michael Coston at <a class="timestamp-link" href="" rel="bookmark" title="permanent link"><abbr class="published" itemprop="datePublished" title="2013-12-20T08:04:00-05:00">8:04 AM</abbr>


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      Re: UAE reports new coronavirus case

      [Source: World Health Organization, full page: (LINK). Edited.]

      Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) ? update

      Disease outbreak news / 22/12/2013

      On 20 December 2013, WHO has been informed of an additional laboratory-confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in United Arab Emirates (UAE).

      A 68 year-old male with onset of illness on 13 December, was admitted to hospital on 14 December 2013 for Joint replacement, he was also complaining of cough and transferred to the intensive care unit on 16 December due to rapid deterioration.

      On 19 December 2013, the diagnosis was laboratory confirmed for MERS-CoV. The patient has underlying medical conditions.

      Preliminary investigations reveal that he had no recent travel history and no contact with animals, and no contact with laboratory confirmed case. Investigation among family and healthcare contacts is ongoing.

      Globally, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 166 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 71 deaths.

      Based on the current situation and available information, WHO encourages all Member States to continue their surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) and to carefully review any unusual patterns.

      Health care providers are advised to maintain vigilance. Recent travellers returning from the Middle East who develop SARI should be tested for MERS-CoV as advised in the current surveillance recommendations.

      Patients diagnosed and reported to date have had respiratory disease as their primary illness. Diarrhoea is commonly reported among the patients and severe complications include renal failure and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) with shock. It is possible that severely immunocompromised patients can present with atypical signs and symptoms.

      Health care facilities are reminded of the importance of systematic implementation of infection prevention and control (IPC). Health care facilities that provide care for patients suspected or confirmed with MERS-CoV infection should take appropriate measures to decrease the risk of transmission of the virus to other patients, health care workers and visitors.

      All Member States are reminded to promptly assess and notify WHO of any new case of infection with MERS-CoV, along with information about potential exposures that may have resulted in infection and a description of the clinical course. Investigation into the source of exposure should promptly be initiated to identify the mode of exposure, so that further transmission of the virus can be prevented.

      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.

      WHO does not advise special screening at points of entry with regard to this event nor does it currently recommend the application of any travel or trade restrictions.

      WHO has convened an Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (IHR) to advise the Director-General on the status of the current situation. The Emergency Committee, which comprises international experts from all WHO Regions, unanimously advised that, with the information now available, and using a risk-assessment approach, the conditions for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) have not at present been met.