A new case of MERS or the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus has come to the fore, Reuters reported. The 28-year-old man has tested positive for MERS in a city in Abu Dhabi on the border with Oman, media has cited the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The man was admitted to a hospital last month and a total of 108 people who were in contact with the man were also checked.

So far, no secondary infections have been reported so far. More details on the patient is awaited.
While no specific details have been revealed about the condition, the WHO has said, as cited by reports, there were no signs the man had come into contact with dromedary camels.

What is MERS?

The MERS-CoV virus, a zoonotic virus, is spread from infected dromedary camels to humans. The risk of contracting the infection gets higher with coming in contact with camels, drinking raw camel milk, camel urine, or eating raw meat of the camels. The virus has been identified in several countries in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia.

What are the symptoms of MERS?

The common symptoms associated with the potentially fatal infection are fever, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea. In older people and those with weak immune systems are renal disease, cancer, lung disease, and diabetes.
"Severe illness can cause respiratory failure that requires mechanical ventilation and support in an intensive care unit," the WHO says about the severity of the disease. "Until more is understood about MERS-CoV, people with diabetes, renal failure, chronic lung disease and immunocompromised persons are considered at high risk of severe disease from MERS-CoV infection," it adds.
Since 2012, MERS has been recognised in over 27 countries and over time a total of 2,605 cases and 936 deaths have been reported.

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