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Qatari expat worker tests positive for camel flu

Ministry urges avoiding direct contact with camels after a second case of camel flu.

Qatari expat worker tests positive for camel flu
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For a second time this year, a 40-year old expatriate camel worker has been tested positive for MERS-Coronavirus, also known as camel flu.

The patient was neither not in contact with any suspected MERS case nor had he been abroad over the past two weeks, the Ministry of Public Health said yesterday according to The Peninsula.

The camel worker is also free from any chronic disease, which usually causes immunity suppression.

He was admitted to Hamad General Hospital, the patient’s condition is currently stable as he receives the necessary medical care in an isolation ward, according to the national protocol for infection prevention and control.

The ministry has advised citizens and expatriates who suffer from chronic diseases to avoid direct contact with camels.

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