The Ministry of Public Health has announced that a new Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus (Mers-CoV) case has been confirmed in a 23-year-old male resident, marking it the third to be confirmed in the country this year.
The person was not in contact with a confirmed case and does not suffer from any chronic diseases that usually cause immunity suppression.
The patient was admitted to Hamad General Hospital as he reported fever, cough, runny nose, and backache where he tested positive for Mers-CoV.
The patient is now stable and receives medical care in the isolation ward.
The ministry said that Health Protection and Communicable Disease Control Hotlines, 66740948 and 66740951, are accessible round-the-clock to respond to any notification or query related to infectious diseases.
Mers-CoV was first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), globally, since September 2012, it has been notified of 1,652 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with Mers-CoV, including at least 591 related deaths.
Mers-CoV is a zoonotic virus that is transmitted from animals to humans.
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