Two die of MERS virus in Oman

February 05, 2019

MoAF urges breeders to abide by all necessary precautions when dealing with animals.

The Ministry of Health (MoH) said on Monday that two patients have died of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

In a statement issued on January 28, the ministry had said that five new MERS-CoV cases were registered. “The other cases are receiving treatment at a referral hospital.”

MoH said that it expresses deepest condolences to the families of the deceased. “We also thank community members for their cooperation and understanding of the precautionary measures to be taken to control the spread of infections. “We are following-up on patients’ health conditions.”

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The ministry also calls upon everyone to seek information from reliable sources. “In addition, we urge citizens and residents to comply with the preventive measures when sneezing and coughing.”

As per the World Health Organization update, “At the end of December 2018, a total of 2,279 laboratory-confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, including 806 associated deaths (case-fatality rate: 35.3 per cent) were reported globally; the majority of these cases were reported from Saudi Arabia (1,901 cases, including 732 related deaths with a case-fatality rate of 38.5 per cent).”

Cattle, camels in Oman free of MERS-CoV’

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MoAF) has said that cattle and camels in the sultanate are free of MERS-CoV.

MoAF said that it is following rumours on social networking sites related to the deaths of two patients suffering from MERS-CoV. “We coordinated with specialists in the Ministry of Health and took random samples from the herds of cattle and camels in the area of these two persons who had contracted the disease. The results of laboratory tests showed that the animals are free from the virus.”

MoAF urges breeders to abide by all necessary precautions when dealing with animals.

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