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    Posted: October 24 2014 at 6:35am
Qatar confirms its second MERS case in 10 days

Qatar has confirmed its second case of MERS-CoV in 10 days, this one in a 43-year-old man, according to a report today in the Qatari newspaper The Peninsula.

The man experienced a fever for several days and was diagnosed as having pneumonia at a hospital emergency department. Subsequent testing confirmed the presence of MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus).

Qatar's Supreme Council of Health (SCH) said yesterday that no health workers at the hospital who had contact with him have tested positive for MERS-CoV and that all his personal contacts would be monitored for 2 weeks, according to the Peninsula story.

The newest case brings Qatar's MERS case count to11, 5 of them fatal. The previous case, the first in Qatar since last November, was reported Oct 12. The SCH said the 71-year-old patient is improving, reported the Peninsula today. That patient had traveled to Saudi Arabia; no information regarding travel was given for today's case.
Oct 23 Peninsula story
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