Via MuscatDaily.com: Man detected with MERS-CoV in UAE had travelled to Ibri on May 6.
The man who was tested positive for MERS-CoV in Abu Dhabi recently had travelled to Ibri in Dhahirah on May 6.
The National IHR Focal Point of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had notified WHO on May 13 of the case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome- Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection.
The UAE body has asked the National IHR Focal Point of Oman to undertake necessary investigation back in Oman.
Details of the case available on the WHO website revealed that the 29 year old, expat male from Abu Dhabi tested positive for MERS-CoV on May 12. “The patient works as a truck driver and frequently transports camels from Oman to UAE. He travelled to Ibri city, Oman on May 6 and transported camels to Abu Dhabi on May 9.
As part of the national policy of testing all imported camels for MERS-CoV, on May 9, laboratory examinations were carried out on the camels that the truck driver was transporting. The animals tested positive for MERS-CoV on May 10,” the WHO stated on its website.
The UN organisation further said that this led to an investigation of the truck driver. Following hospital admission, the patient tested positive for MERS-CoV on May 12. He was asymptomatic at the time of laboratory testing. “The patient has no comorbidities and no history of exposure to other known risk factors in the 14 days prior to detection. Currently, he is asymptomatic in a negative pressure room on a ward,” it stated.
Globally, WHO has been notified of 1,118 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including at least 423 related deaths.