Dubai Health Authority reports new Mers case

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A new case of the Sars-like virus, that originated in the Middle East and has killed 75 people worldwide, has been confirmed by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA).

The DHA said a 68-year-old Emirati patient was admitted to an unnamed hospital after showing symptoms of the new Corona virus Mers and was receiving treatment in the intensive care unit, state news agency Wam reported. It said the man was also suffering from diabetes and chronic kidney failure.

The DHA said it was coordinating with the Ministry of Health and other authorities and had taken precautionary measures in line with international recommendations. It said it was conducting investigations about who had had contact with the man.

The latest case brings the total number of diagnosed cases to 165 globally, with seven in the UAE. Two Emiratis have died as a result of the illness, including a 73-year-old who died in a German hospital.

The ministry added that globally detected cases continued to be very low compared to other types of flu and assured the public it was monitoring the situation closely.

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