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    Yemen reports first case of deadly MERS-coronavirus
    SANAA Sun Apr 13, 2014 4:35am EDT

    (Reuters) - Yemen reported its first case of the deadly MERS coronavirus on Sunday in a further spread of the deadly strain in the Middle East two years after its outbreak in neighboring Saudi Arabia.

    "Medical personnel have recorded one case of the coronavirus in Sanaa and the victim is a Yemeni man who works as an aeronautics engineer," the semi-official al-Thawra newspaper quoted Public Health Minister Ahmed al-Ansi as saying.

    "The ministry is working in effective cooperation with the World Health Organisation to confront this virus and is in direct and constant communication with all hospitals to receive information on any other suspected cases," Ansi said.
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    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...A3C05M20140413
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  • #2
    Re: Yemen reports first case of deadly MERS-coronavirus

    This is the original article from the "semi-official" newspaper.

    machine translation


    Discovery of the first infected "Corona" in Yemen and specialty health operations room to continue.
    Sunday, 13 - April -2014
    Revolution Forum .. / Knight Humairi -
    Minister of Public Health and Population, Dr. Ahmed Qasem al-Ansi said the ministry has allocated a central operations room to cope with the virus, "Corona" which has become a threat to the region in full, including Yemen, after recording a number of cases infected with the virus in countries Kalmofh Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and other countries in the region.
    revealed Dr. Ahmad Qasem al-Ansi, Minister of Health and Population in a statement the "revolution" that medical devices recorded one case infected with "Corona" in Sanaa and the lives of young Yemeni operates a flight engineer.
    "The ministry is working Currently, in coordination with the World Health Organization effectively in the face of this virus, as well as direct communication and continuous with all hospitals to receive communications suspicion about any situation. "
    pointing out that the virus record spread in a number of countries in the region including Saudi Arabia, UAE
    and other countries, which is which threatens the region in general, including Yemen. The minister pointed Ansi that the ministry is currently a number of actions and plans to address the spread of the virus in collaboration with international and local partners .. noting that the situation is, God willing, will be under control. "
    and classified as World Health Organization virus "Corona" as a mysterious virus belongs to the family of "Corona" and limited impact on the respiratory system, and lead to kidney failure.
    The symptoms of the virus, "Corona" cough and high fever, shortness of breath, sore throat and headache.
    experts believe in medicine that can "discovery of HIV infection by symptoms or laboratory tests" ..

    http://www.althawranews.net/portal/news-78927.htm
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    • #3
      Re: Yemen reports first case of deadly MERS-coronavirus

      Isn't it possible that this flight engineer is a pilot or part of a cockpit crew?
      "May the long time sun
      Shine upon you,
      All love surround you,
      And the pure light within you
      Guide your way on."

      "Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, lies your calling."
      Aristotle

      “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
      Mohandas Gandhi

      Be the light that is within.

      Comment


      • #4
        Re: Yemen reports first case of deadly MERS-coronavirus

        Source: Reuters, full page: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/13/us-mers-yemen-idUSBREA3C05M20140413 - Excerpt.


        Yemen reports first case of deadly MERS-coronavirus

        SANAA Sun Apr 13, 2014 4:35am EDT


        (Reuters) - Yemen reported its first case of the deadly MERS coronavirus on Sunday in a further spread of the deadly strain in the Middle East two years after its outbreak in neighboring Saudi Arabia.

        "Medical personnel have recorded one case of the coronavirus in Sanaa and the victim is a Yemeni man who works as an aeronautics engineer," the semi-official al-Thawra newspaper quoted Public Health Minister Ahmed al-Ansi as saying.

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        • #5
          Re: Yemen reports first case of deadly MERS-coronavirus

          Originally posted by sharon sanders View Post
          Isn't it possible that this flight engineer is a pilot or part of a cockpit crew?
          Reuters report cites the case as 'aeronautical engineer'. See below the typical work activities (source: Prospects.uk, http://www.prospects.ac.uk/aeronauti...escription.htm, edited):


          Typical work activities

          Specific tasks vary according to the role, specialism and employer but typically they could include:
          • applying the principles of science and technology to create aircraft, components and support equipment;
          • researching and developing design specifications;
          • undertaking systematic manufacturing, involving the assembly and modification of components;
          • supervising the assembly of airframes and the installation of engines, instruments and other equipment;
          • participating in flight test programmes to measure take-off distances, rate of climb, stall speeds, manoeuvrability and landing capacities;
          • resolving issues that arise during the design, development and testing processes;
          • maintaining aircraft for full operation including making regular inspections, maintenance and servicing;
          • measuring and improving the performance of aircraft, components and systems;
          • modifying designs to improve safety features or minimise fuel consumption and pollution;
          • developing repair procedures as well as working out and managing schedules for repair and maintenance;
          • investigating aircraft accidents;
          • collating information, interpreting data and publishing the results of specific projects in technical report form;
          • using computer-aided design (CAD) software to create designs and plans;
          • storing paperwork for approved data (drawings, technical instructions, assessments and calculations);
          • working with teams, suppliers, clients and managers to agree budgets, timescales and specifications;
          • project managing, including scheduling resources and staff and managing budgets;
          • communicating technical and regulatory advice to clients, teams, suppliers and other professionals within the aerospace industry and presenting data to groups and individuals.
          (...)
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          • #6
            Yemen - Media report: 10 suspected coronavirus cases - tests pending

            hat tip Michael Coston for the link


            After the announcement of the first case of the death of him ..
            recording 10 cases of suspected injury virus "Corona" in Yemen

            Tuesday 15 April - April 2014 at 18:00 - Marib Press - Sanaa - Knight Humairi

            Yemen's troubled multi-political and economic problems and humanitarian, has raised the announcement of the first case of death virus "Corona" killer virus that causes respiratory syndrome, the Middle East, fears of a spread in the impoverished country.
            The increases put these fears Yemen is reassuring and scary Ranked centers in a number of communicable diseases (infectious) such as measles - pulmonary tuberculosis - Cholera - viral hepatitis, which reflects the status of the risk may stare in Yemen and Yemenis.

            The Ministry of Health in Yemen Sunday for the registration of the first deaths in the country, Corona virus in a hospital in the capital Sanaa.

            The Director General of Disease Control and Epidemiological Surveillance, Ministry of Health Abdulhakim Kahlani, news agency "Xinhua", "it was the first case of death of HIV (Corona) last Friday in a hospital in the capital Sanaa," explaining that the victim's young Yemeni operates a flight engineer.

            He said then that the ministry Kahlani recorded cases of suspected HIV infection, "After conducting laboratory tests to make sure their safety is."

            Today, said an official source at the Ministry of Health, preferred anonymity, told "Xinhua" It "was discovered about ten suspected cases of Corona virus and bad in Sanaa and other cities," he did not identify.

            The source added, "that he had taken samples of suspected cases and entered the Central Laboratory of the Ministry this morning," Tuesday, "waiting for the results in the coming hours," stressing that "the work is continuing dramatically in the face of the spread of HIV Corona."

            The Ministry of Health held a meeting on Monday of Yemen in Sana'a expanded to cope with the repercussions of the virus.

            According to a source familiar with the Ministry of Health in a statement to "Xinhua" that the meeting stood in front of a number of measures to cope with the siege of the virus, and also discussed a campaign of awareness among citizens to identify the virus and its risks and prevention.

            Was developed as an effective mechanism for the descent of the field for the epidemiological surveillance team to the cities, and the activation of the central operations room at the Ministry of Health and better coordination of Capricorn with all hospitals to report suspected cases.

            The source also pointed to several measures taken at the meeting is to activate the partnership and direct coordination with the World Health Organization and local partners.

            In turn, announced General Manager of Family Health, Ministry of Health Ali Juhav today that the ministry has prepared an emergency plan to cope with the disease and reduce its spread through the preparation of materials demonstrates the kind of awareness of the disease and how it is spread and prevention.

            He explained that "most of the incidence of this disease is for patients with pneumonia or kidney failure or those suffering from HIV being depends on his recovery in autoimmune patient's body," adding that "the majority of those infected are adults."

            And discussed the Ministry of Health also this disease with the Ministry of Agriculture to take the necessary precautions in terms of female students indicate that the source of the disease is the camel.

            Despite the actions of the Ministry of Health in Yemen, but an official at the ministry played down the possibility of doing any work effective precautions can limit and succeed in the face of the siege and the corona virus.

            The official said, "The status quo is witnessing a severe recession in the provision of medical services, and this will be reflected on the face of the risk of Corona."

            He pointed out that most of the sites lacked health significantly to medical supplies, which makes the situation is fraught with dangers and fears of the spread of the virus.

            But a source in the World Health Organization in Sanaa said the "Xinhua" The organization will be covered by the provision of the necessary treatments for infected cases in coordination with the Ministry of Health in Yemen.

            And worried citizens in Yemen, which is adjacent to Saudi Arabia, which recorded the highest rate of deaths from Corona virus spread in their country.

            Saudi Arabia and recorded 68 deaths since the Corona virus appeared about two years ago, according to the Ministry of Health announced recently Arabia.

            The World Health Organization classifies "Corona" as a mysterious virus is limited to its effect on the respiratory system, and leads to kidney failure, and its symptoms are coughing and a high fever, shortness of breath, sore throat and headache.

            According to a recent report issued in April that the current number of cases of infection with Corona globally reached 211 laboratory-confirmed cases, including 88 deaths since September 2012.

            He says Yemeni Mohammed, a modern university graduate, for "Xinhua," It feels fear and anxiety due to official announcement of the Corona virus entry into the country at a time where there is no health care or preventive can limit the spread of the virus. "

            "This virus is lethal and is unable to reduce it in the states and their health status and material much better than us, such as Saudi Arabia," he asked, "How can that Yemen is facing, it is a very worrying situation."

            "The government is not working effectively in the health aspect is our hope that the international community support us in the face of this threat."


            http://marebpress.net/news_details.p...590&lng=arabic
            "May the long time sun
            Shine upon you,
            All love surround you,
            And the pure light within you
            Guide your way on."

            "Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, lies your calling."
            Aristotle

            “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
            Mohandas Gandhi

            Be the light that is within.

            Comment


            • #7
              Re: Yemen - Media report: 10 suspected coronavirus cases - tests pending

              Source: Xinhua Arabic, full page: http://arabic.news.cn/science/2014-0..._133264817.htm

              Probe: fears of the spread of Coronavirus in Yemen after the announcement of the first case of death by

              21:34:19 15-04-2014 | Arabic. News. Cn


              Sanaa, April 15, 2014 (Xinhua) in Yemen's troubled multi-political and economic problems and humanitarian, has raised the announcement of the first case of death virus "Corona" killer virus that causes respiratory syndrome, the Middle East, fears of a spread in the impoverished country.

              The increases put these fears Yemen is reassuring and scary Ranked centers in a number of communicable diseases (infectious) such as measles - pulmonary tuberculosis - Cholera - viral hepatitis, which reflects the status of the risk may stare in Yemen and Yemenis.

              The Ministry of Health in Yemen Sunday for the registration of the first deaths in the country, Corona virus in a hospital in the capital Sanaa.

              The Director General of Disease Control and Epidemiological Surveillance, Ministry of Health Abdulhakim Kahlani, told the News Agency (Xinhua), "it was the first case of death of HIV (Corona) last Friday in a hospital in the capital Sanaa," explaining that the victim's young Yemeni operates a flight engineer.

              He said then that the ministry Kahlani recorded cases of suspected HIV infection, "After conducting laboratory tests to make sure their safety is."
              Today, said an official source at the Ministry of Health, preferred anonymity, told Xinhua that he "was discovered about ten suspected cases of Corona virus and bad in Sanaa and other cities," he did not identify.

              The source added that "sampling of suspected cases and entered the Central Laboratory of the Ministry this morning (Tuesday) in waiting for the results in the coming hours," stressing that "the work is continuing dramatically in the face of the spread of HIV Corona."

              The Ministry of Health held a meeting on Monday of Yemen in Sana'a expanded to cope with the repercussions of the virus.

              According to a source familiar with the Ministry of Health told Xinhua that the meeting stood in front of a number of measures to counter the trapping of the virus, and also discussed a campaign of awareness among the citizens of the definition of the virus and its risks and prevention.

              Was developed as an effective mechanism for the descent of the field for the epidemiological surveillance team to the cities, and the activation of the central operations room at the Ministry of Health to better coordination of Capricorn with all hospitals to report suspected cases.

              The source also pointed to several measures taken at the meeting is to activate the partnership and direct coordination with the World Health Organization and local partners.

              In turn, announced General Manager of Family Health, Ministry of Health Ali Juhav today that the ministry has prepared an emergency plan to cope with the disease and reduce its spread through the preparation of materials demonstrates the kind of awareness of the disease and how it is spread and prevention.

              He explained that "most of the incidence of this disease is for patients with pneumonia or kidney failure or those suffering from HIV being depends on his recovery in autoimmune patient's body," adding that "the majority of those infected are adults."

              And discussed the Ministry of Health also this disease with the Ministry of Agriculture to take the necessary precautions in terms of female students indicate that the source of the disease is the camel.

              Despite the actions of the Ministry of Health in Yemen, but an official at the ministry played down the possibility of doing any work effective precautions can limit and succeed in the face of the siege and the corona virus.

              The official said, "The status quo is witnessing a severe recession in the provision of medical services, and this will be reflected on the face of the risk of Corona."

              He pointed out that most of the sites lacked health significantly to medical supplies, which makes the situation is fraught with dangers and fears of the spread of the virus.

              But a source in the World Health Organization in Sanaa told Xinhua that the organization will be covered by the provision of the necessary treatments for infected cases in coordination with the Ministry of Health in Yemen.

              And worried citizens in Yemen, which is adjacent to Saudi Arabia, which recorded the highest rate of deaths from Corona virus spread in their country.

              Saudi Arabia and recorded 68 deaths since the Corona virus appeared about two years ago, according to the Ministry of Health announced recently Arabia.

              The World Health Organization classifies "Corona" as a mysterious virus is limited to its effect on the respiratory system, and leads to kidney failure, and its symptoms are cough and high fever, shortness of breath, sore throat and headache.

              According to a recent report issued in April that the current number of cases of infection with Corona globally reached 211 laboratory-confirmed cases, including 88 deaths since September 2012.

              He says Yemeni Mohammed, a modern university graduate, told Xinhua, "It feels fear and anxiety due to the official announcement of Corona virus entry into the country at a time where there is no health care or preventive can limit the spread of the virus."

              "This virus is lethal and is unable to reduce it in the states and their health status and material much better than us, such as Saudi Arabia," he asked, "How can that Yemen is facing, it is a very worrying situation."

              "The government is not working effectively in the health aspect (..) It is our hope that the international community support us in the face of this threat."

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              • #8
                Yemen reports first case of MERS-coronavirus

                This is #247 - Patient, young adult, flight engineer - Sanaa, Yemen

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


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

                Disease Outbreak News / 7 May 2014


                On 15 April 2014, the IHR National Focal Point of Yemen notified WHO of a laboratory confirmed case of MERS-CoV in a 44 year-old male residing in Shibam.

                The patient was diagnosed as having hepatitis B and is reported to have developed symptoms on 17 March 2014, including fever, productive cough, chills, headache, muscle aches, and shortness of breath.

                He was admitted to hospital on 22 March 2014 in Hadramoot Governorate, and subsequently transferred on 29 March 2014 to an intensive-care unit of a private hospital in Sanaa. He was intubated, developed renal failure, and died on 31 March 2014.

                Prior to the patient's decline and subsequent death, on 31 March 2014 oropharyngeal specimens were collected from the patient and tested positive on 2 April 2014.

                On 24 April 2014, the specimens were sent to the United States’ Naval Medical Research Unit-3 (NAMRU-3) for external confirmation and tested positive on 5 May 2014.

                Oropharyngeal specimens collected from 12 contacts of the patient tested negative at NAMRU-3.

                The patient was an aircraft maintenance engineer with contact among passengers at the airport where he was working.

                He had no history of travel during the last month of his illness and no known contact with a confirmed case. He is reported to have visited a camel farm on a weekly basis and drank fresh raw camel milk.


                WHO advice

                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.

                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.

                It is not always possible to identify patients with MERS-CoV early because some have mild or unusual symptoms. For this reason, it is important that health-care workers apply standard precautions consistently with all patients – regardless of their diagnosis – in all work practices all the time.

                Droplet precautions should be added to the standard precautions when providing care to all patients with symptoms of acute respiratory infection.

                Contact precautions and eye protection should be added when caring for probable or confirmed cases of MERS-CoV infection. Airborne precautions should be applied when performing aerosol generating procedures.

                Patients should be managed as potentially infected when the clinical and epidemiological clues strongly suggest MERS-CoV, even if an initial test on a nasopharyngeal swab is negative. Repeat testing should be done when the initial testing is negative, preferably on specimens from the lower respiratory tract.

                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. 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.


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