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Abu Dhabi confirms new case of MERS-Coronavirus

Health authority says 59-year-old male resident has been diagnosed with the illness

Abu Dhabi confirms new case of MERS-Coronavirus
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Health chiefs in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday confirmed a new case of MERS-Coronavirus.

Health Authority-Abu Dhabi (HAAD) said in a statement that a 59-year-old male resident, known to have diabetes and final stage renal failure and currently on dialysis, complained of respiratory symptoms and was admitted and diagnosed with the illness.

HAAD also confirmed in the statement cited by news agency WAM that it is coordinating with the Ministry of Health and other authorities in the country, and has taken all necessary measures as per international standards and recommendations from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

WHO first issued an international alert regarding the disease in September 2012. Up to April 1, there have been 207 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV worldwide, including 87 deaths.

The MoH said that WHO has confirmed the virus is not a concern for public health at the moment, and that the current situation does not require a travel ban to any country in the world, screenings at different ports, or any restrictions on trade.

The MoH confirmed that it is monitoring the situation closely.

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