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New MERS virus case confirmed in the UAE

Infected person is receiving all the medical care required, says HAAD

New MERS virus case confirmed in the UAE
Saudi medical staff leave the emergency department at a hospital in the center of the Saudi capital Riyadh on April 8, 2014. The health ministry reported four more MERS cases in Jeddah, two of them among health workers, prompting authorities to close the emergency department at the citys King Fahd Hospital. (FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

Abu Dhabi’s Health Authority (HAAD) has confirmed of a positive case of the
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome
(MERS) coronavirus in the capital.

The patient is receiving the medical care, state news agency WAM said on
Tuesday.

The authority said it is coordinating with the UAE Ministry of Health and
Prevention and other relevant governmental entities, and has taken all
necessary measures as per standards and recommendations from the World Health
Organisation.

In order to help prevent respiratory illnesses, the ministry has advised
the public to wash hands often with soap and water, use hand sanitiser if the
former is not readily accessible, cover the nose and mouth with a tissue when
coughing or sneezing and throw the tissue into a rubbish receptacle.

Earlier this month, the World Health Organisation
reported of 10 people suffering from MERS at a hospital in Riyadh, Saudi
Arabia.

A total
of 18 cases of MERS have been reported in the kingdom between 23 February and
16 March, including two deaths, WHO said.

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