SARS-Like Virus Infected 166, Killed 71 Worldwide

SARS-Like Virus Has Infected 166, Killed 71 Worldwide

A man in the United Arab Emirates went into the hospital for a joint replacement, and has now been diagnosed with the SARS-like virus, known as MERS coronavirus (MERS-CoV). This new case makes the 166 confirmed infection worldwide.

According to ABC News, the man, 68, was admitted to the hospital on December 14 for his joint replacement, but reports now say that he was also complaining to his doctors of a cough. The World Health Organization (WHO) stated that the man was admitted to the ICU two days later because his health began to deteriorate rapidly.

The Inquisitr reported earlier this year on the SARS-like virius. Margaret Chan stated in her closing remarks at the 66th World Assembly in Geneva that “[It] is not a problem that any single affected country can keep to itself or manage all by itself.” She added that the virus is “a threat to the entire world.”

KMBZ reported that not only have 166 people been infected with MERS-CoV since September 2012, but it has also killed at least 71 people. MERS-CoV stands for Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome coronavirus. MERS-CoV does closely resemble SARS with symptoms that include fever, diarrhea, pneumonia and shortness of breath. MERS-CoV can also lead to kidney failure in severe cases.

According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, most cases of MERS-CoV have been linked to six countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula. No cases have yet been identified in the US. Officials are working to figure out how the illness spreads. The CDC says that the virus has spread from ill people to others through close contact. “The virus has not shown to spread in a sustained way in communities.”

CDC officials recommend that if someone travels to the region, they should watch their health not only while they are on their trip, but also for a few weeks after the trip. If they develop a fever or symptom of respiratory illness, including, but not limited to, a cough or shortness of breath, they should see a doctor immediately.

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