Via Al-Manar TV News: First MERS Infection Detected in Lebanon. Excerpt:
Lebanon has registered its first case of the deadly MERS corona virus, but the person who contracted it was released after showing signs of recovery, the ministry said Thursday.
The news came as Saudi Arabia, the country worst hit by the disease, announced four more deaths, bringing the toll to 121 since its first appearance there in September 2012.
"On Thursday afternoon, a patient who had been in hospital was diagnosed as being a carrier" of the virus, the ministry said, adding that the patient left the hospital after treatment "led to a significant improvement in his health."
The ministry said "citizens have no cause for panic. They should take normal precautions to prevent respiratory diseases."
It added that it was carrying out studies to "assure itself that there no epidemic in Lebanon" and urged doctors and hospitals to "take maximum precautions and inform the ministry of any suspect cases."
In the context of prevention against MERS Coronavirus, Health Minister Wael Abu Faour gave his directives to ensure that all passengers arriving at Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut undergo Thermal Imaging testing.
This may be the least informative MERS report I've seen yet: We know the case is male, but we don't know how long he was in hospital, when his symptoms began, or what "treatment" caused this dramatic improvement. Nor do we know whether this person had been contact with any animals, travelled to the Arabian Peninsula recently, or caused any personal contacts to be tested for MERS.