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Kuwait reports second Mers coronavirus case: Ministry

(AFP) / 14 November 2013

Experts are struggling to understand the disease, for which there is no vaccine.

Kuwait has reported its second case of the deadly Mers coronavirus for a man who just returned from abroad, the health ministry said.

In a statement cited by the official KUNA agency late Wednesday, the ministry said the new case was for a 52-year-old Kuwaiti national who was in a stable condition.

Media reports said the patient had just returned from a visit to Saudi Arabia.

This undated electron microscope image made availalbe by the National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories shows novel coronavirus particles, also known as the MERS virus, colorized in yellow.APThe announcement came hours after Kuwait reported its first case of the Mers virus for a 47-year-old Kuwaiti man who was in critical condition.

The ministry said the latest case was not related to the first patient and both have been isolated at the country’s Infectious Diseases Hospital. Relatives of the two patients had also been examined.

The World Health Organisation said on its website on Monday that it has been informed of 153 laboratory-confirmed Mers cases worldwide so far, including the 64 deaths, a majority of them in Saudi Arabia with two fatalities in Oman and Qatar.

Experts are struggling to understand the disease, for which there is no vaccine.

It is considered a deadlier but less-transmissible cousin of the Sars virus that erupted in Asia in 2003 and infected 8,273 people, nine percent of whom died.

Like Sars, Mers appears to cause a lung infection, with patients suffering from a temperature, coughing and breathing difficulties.

But it differs in that it also causes rapid kidney failure, and the extremely high death rate has caused serious concern.

 

 

 

 

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