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Here we go: MERS-CoV case reported in UAE, WHO continues to monitor situation |

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) reported a confirmed case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in a 28-year-old man from the city of Al Ain, according to a statement released Monday by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The patient, a non-Emirati national, had no direct or indirect history of contact with animals such as dromedaries, goats or sheep. Despite the absence of this common risk factor, the nasopharyngeal swab collected on June 21, 2023 tested positive for MERS-CoV by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) on June 23, 2023.

Since the first case reported in July 2013, the UAE has confirmed a total of 94 cases of MERS-CoV, including the latest, and 12 associated deaths with a case fatality ratio of 13%.

The case study visited a private medical center with symptoms including vomiting, right flank pain, and dysuria between June 3 and 7. His condition rapidly deteriorated, leading to hospitalization on June 8 with a diagnosis of acute pancreatitis, acute kidney injury, and sepsis. .


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