Via The National, an update: Filipino paramedic in UAE dies from Mers as five colleageus also infected. Excerpt and then a comment:
A Filipino paramedic has been found dead as a result of the Mers coronavirus, while five colleagues are also thought to have contracted the virus.
The group worked for Al Ain Rescue and Ambulance Section, part of the Ministry of Interior.
The ministry said the five cases were discovered during periodic medical examinations. It said it has taken the correct preventative measures and kept the five in quarantine.
Patients who have recently been treated by the paramedics have also been contacted as a precautionary measure.
Dr Salwan Ibrahim, Middle East medical director for International SOS, a company of experts in global health issues, said the continuing cases are not something to alarm the community at large.
“The various health authorities did not announce any special warning of concern,” he said.
The mode of transmission of the virus with regards to the paramedics has not been confirmed. However, human to human transmission is documented, said Dr Ibrahim.
He said general hygiene practices such as hand washing and covering the mouth and nose while coughing and sneezing can prevent the transmission of the virus.
“Limiting contact with animals in the wild and sick patients, together with maintaining a healthy lifestyle in terms of exercise, food and enough sleep, are proven, effective preventative measures against the virus,” Dr Ibrahim said.
Both Arabic and Filipino media have been very low-key on this story, which deserves much more attention. While this report adds a little information, it quickly gets away from the story into homilies on hand-washing and "respiratory etiquette."
The report also cites the director of an NGO (and then a hospital employee) rather than someone from Health Authority Abu Dhabi—which, if you follow the link, has nothing on the story.
I wonder what it is in different political cultures that makes one health department like Mali's generate blunt, concise reports on disease outbreaks, while others, like Abu Dhabi's and Saudi Arabia's, say as little as possible while spinning their stories as much as possible.