x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

UAE free of positive cases of Mers coronavirus

There are no longer any cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or Mers, in Abu Dhabi hospitals, the emirate’s health authority said on Monday.

ABU DHABI // There are no longer any cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or Mers, in Abu Dhabi hospitals, the emirate’s health authority said on Monday.

And the Ministry of Health confirmed that all hospitals in the UAE were now free of Mers.

The Health Authority Abu Dhabi said there were no positive cases in Abu Dhabi hospitals.

The authority was coordinating with the ministry and other authorities to take all necessary measures as per international standards and recommendations from the World Health Organisation, the state news agency, Wam, reported.

The authority advised the public to follow simple steps to avoid infection, including washing hands often with soap and water or hand sanitiser and covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.

Officials have stressed that residents should listen to information released by the ministry and health authorities. They also said they are closely monitoring the situation to “ensure the public health and safety”.

This month, WHO acknowledged growing concern about the virus, which can cause potentially fatal respiratory illness, but said it was not a global health emergency because there was no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission.

There had been 37 lab-confirmed Mers cases in the UAE since late March, all in Abu Dhabi and more than two thirds of them healthcare workers.

Worldwide, Mers has infected at least 536 people and killed 145 since the first case was diagnosed in June 2012. There have been 330 cases, including 59 deaths, worldwide since the end of March.

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