Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large
Dhabi's Sheikh Khalifa Medical Centre is handling testing for the novel coronavirus. Philip Cheung / The National
Dhabi's Sheikh Khalifa Medical Centre is handling testing for the novel coronavirus. Philip Cheung / The National

Health Authority Abu Dhabi tests for Sars-like virus that killed Emirati

While there are no confirmed cases in emirate, Haad is coordinating with Ministry of Health and Dubai Health Authority to monitor for the novel coronavirus (NCoV).

ABU DHABI // The emirate's health authority today confirmed that it is working with the Ministry of Health and other bodies to monitor a Sars-like virus.

Heath Authority Abu Dhabi (Haad) released a statement confirming it is coordinating with the ministry, Dubai Health Authority and other concerned authorities in the country in monitoring the coronavirus.

The statement comes after an Emirati man died in a hospital in Munich, Germany, last week after contracting the novel coronavirus (NCoV) infection.

It is not known where he contracted the virus, although he had recently visited Saudi Arabia, where most cases have originated.

The Emirati was 73 and had been transferred by air ambulance to Munich from an Abu Dhabi hospital on March 19 before his death on March 26.

He was receiving cancer treatment in Germany, state news agency Wam said.

The man is the 11th person to die out of 17 cases reported to the World Health Organisation (Who).

Haad said it has taken the necessary measures and precautions, as per the international standards and recommendations issued by Who.

"The authority confirms that there are no confirmed cases in the emirate and that the necessary test is available in the emirate of Abu Dhabi at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City," the statement read.

Fred DeGrandis, the chief executive of Sheikh Khalifa Medical Centre, said assessments by his emergency department staff would determine whether a patient requires further testing.

He said there is a three-point checklist a rash, a fever and a history of working with livestock that would trigger further assessment, though no patient has yet displayed signs of all three.

Haad said it is the responsibility of healthcare providers to refer patients who may be suspected of having the coronavirus to go for the test.

* This is an updated version of this story.


Back to the top

More articles

Editor's Picks

 Sarah Geronimo. Courtesy: FLASH Entertainment

Sarah Geronimo brings her star power to Abu Dhabi this weekend

Ahead of her Abu Dhabi concert on Thursday night, we take a look at the Filipina singer Sarah Geronimo’s extraordinary career.

 Fatema holds a picture of her son Nurul Karim as she poses for a photograph in front of her slum house in Savar. Fatema lost her son Nurul Karim and her daughter Arifa, who were working on the fifth floor of Rana Plaza when it collapsed on April 24, 2013. All photos Andrew Biraj / Reuters

These women know the real price of cheap high street fashion

Survivors of the world's worst garment factory accident, struggle to rebuild their lives from the rubble of the Rana Plaza collapse as Bangladesh prepares to mark the first anniversary of the disaster.

 Visitors look at the medieval inventor Al Jazari’s water-powered Elephant Clock. The clock is on show at the 1001 Inventions exhibition at Sharjah Expo Centre. Photos Antonie Robertson / The National

1001 Inventions: in praise of Islam’s gifts to the world

Down the centuries, from camera obscura to designing a sail that allowed early seafarers to tack into the wind, Muslim scientists have made many significant contributions to science. Rym Ghazal and Asmaa Al Hameli visit an exhibition in Sharjah that celebrates those contributions

 Mumbai Indians fans cheer they team on the opening match between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2014 at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National

Earn cash back with the IPL cricket in the UAE

Dunia finance promotion allows cricket lovers to earn up to 6 per cent unlimited cash back on any spending they make on a day when an IPL match is played in the UAE.

 Iranian workers at the Iran Khodro auto plant in Tehran on March 18. Maryam Rahmanian for The National

Iran’s love of cars survives devastating sanctions

Sanctions and energy subsidy reductions might have hurt the Iranian automotive industry. But car makers at one factory are still optimistic, Yeganeh Salehi reports from Tehran

 This comparison image shown on Reddit annotated the objects with vehicles from the movies.

Disney confirms that Star Wars: Episode 7 is filming in Abu Dhabi desert

Disney yesterday confirmed that the filming of Star Wars: Episode 7 is taking place in the desert in Abu Dhabi.


To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National