While we await news on the suspected case in France (see France: MOH Statement On Suspected MERS-CoV Case), the Oman Observer has published a report of that country’s first MERS-CoV case. Details are fairly sparse at this time, but this report vaguely suggests the virus was contracted after `contact with someone from outside the Sultanate’.
Wednesday 30th, October 2013 / 01:25 Written by Oman Observer
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By A Staff Reporter -
MUSCAT — The Sultanate yesterday reported the first case of the deadly MERS coronavirus. This was announced by Mohamed bin Saif al Hosni, Under-Secretary for Health Affairs.
Giving details of the case, he said that the situation is under control and there is no need for panic. The affected patient is undergoing treatment at a hospital and his condition is stable.
The official said the patient got the disease after contact with someone from outside the Sultanate and more details of the case will be known in few days.
Symptoms of MERS-CoV infection include renal failure and severe acute pneumonia, which often result in a fatal outcome. The first patient had a “7-day history of fever, cough, expectoration and shortness of breath.” MERS has an estimated incubation period of 12 days.
A second report (translated from Arabic) appears in the Oman Daily:
Wrote - Khaled infection: the Ministry of Health announced yesterday the discovery of the first case of infected Coruna province's internal review of the injured to a health center, Nizwa.
Following the laboratory diagnosis of his injury was confirmed with the virus. Was transferred directly to the Nizwa Hospital Reference.
Infected and return the situation to one of the sons of Nizwa injured after what felt short of breath as pulmonary informed sources from the Ministry of Health.
HE Dr Mohammed bin Saif Al Hosni, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health for health affairs, in a press statement yesterday that the victim had gone to a referral hospitals to maintain after he felt one of the symptoms of pneumonia severe, pointing out that the patient's condition is stable, but he needs some oxygen does not need to Industrial breathing apparatus, expressing the hope that his condition will improve in the coming period.