Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has announced that a new Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) case has been confirmed for a 62 years old resident in Qatar, marking the first MERS-CoV case to be confirmed in the country this year and bringing the cumulative number of confirmed MERS-CoV cases since 2012 to 19 cases among whom 7 have died.
The patient, with history of comorbid conditions and had fever, night sweating, and abdominal pain several days ago, was seen at Hamad General Hospital where he tested positive for MERS-CoV.
The patient currently in stable condition and receives the necessary medical care in the isolation ward according to the national protocol of the infection prevention and control. The preliminary investigations tell that there was neither a history of contact with a suspected case nor a travel during the recent couple of weeks.
Once the case has been confirmed, the rapid response team of the Health Protection and Communicable disease Control department at the MOPH have started a field investigation to identify the possible source of the infection and to verify whether any of the patient contacts has suspected symptoms according to the WHO standard case definition, all traced contacts will be monitored over a period of two weeks.
The Ministry of Public Health advices citizens and residents who have chronic diseases to wash hands with soap and water thoroughly.
MOPH proclaimed that Health Protection &CDC Hotlines 66740948 & 66740951 are accessible 24/7 to respond to any notification or enquiry related to infectious diseases.