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Mers-Coronavirus claims another victim in UAE

Staff Reporter / 12 April 2014

The ministry has taken swift action to prevent the spread of the virus in the hospital and shifted the infected workers to an isolated quarantine.

The Mers-Coronavirus has claimed another victim in the UAE and five others have been quarantined in Al Ain. All victims, according to the Ministry of Interior, are Filipinos.

The ages of the quarantined victims are not known. The deceased was an ambulance paramedic who worked for the ministry.

The Interior Ministry said a routine check-up showed that the five paramedics were infected. Patients treated by the paramedics have been contacted by the ministry for precautionary tests.

“The ministry has taken swift action to prevent the spread of the virus in the hospital and shifted the infected workers to an isolated quarantine,” said the ministry in a statement. Residents, private and government establishments have been asked to carry out regular medical check-ups of employees.

“The ministry, along with health authorities, will continue its awareness campaign to protect people from all kinds of viral diseases like Mers (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome). We have already launched an awareness campaign and appeal to the general public to be part of it,” the ministry statement added. The ministry promised to have transparency in all news related to safety and security of the community. The latest fatality follows the death of a 64-year-old UAE national in Abu Dhabi from the virus on March 30.

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