Via Reuters: One foreign health worker dies, five infected with MERS in UAE: agency. Excerpt:
One expatriate health worker has died from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and five others have been infected with the disease in the United Arab Emirates, state news agency WAM reported on Friday.
The cases follow Saudi Arabian reports this week that two deaths and nine other cases of infection had been reported there, including among hospital staff.
WAM said the six were all first aid service personnel from the Philippines working with the UAE Interior Ministry in the city of al-Ain.
The ministry said in a statement that the cases were discovered during periodic medical examinations.
"All necessary health and preventive measures have been taken, putting them in health isolation, and the ministry has been in contact with all the people who had been treated (by the health workers) recently to check on them as a precautionary measure," WAM quoted a ministry statement as saying.
Gulf Arab states rely heavily on expatriates who work in almost every sector in the oil-rich countries.
The "periodic medical examinations" sound like a follow-up to one case (the fatal one?). That is, the first case inspired tests on the colleagues, who may or may not have been showing symptoms. We really need more information than the Emiratis have so far provided.