Man Tests Positive for MERS in UAE, WHO Expects More Cases

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday that a 28-year-old man in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), tested positive last month for MERS-CoV, the potentially fatal Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus.

WHO expects more cases of the potentially fatal viral respiratory infection caused by a coronavirus to be detected in the region that registered its last known case of MERS19 months ago.

In the newly registered case, the man was hospitalized in the city of Al Ain, but authorities say that the subsequent check of the 108 people that he was in contact with showed no secondary infections.

Though the WHO gave no more details on his current condition, it said the man had contact with dromedary camels, which spread the disease which can cause fever, coughing, and shortness of breath, and can sometimes lead to pneumonia.

According to WHO figures, 27 countries have recorded 2,605 MERS-CoV cases since 2012, and 936 associated deaths.

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