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Oman reports second MERS coronavirus case

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The Sultanate of Oman is reporting their second case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in a 59-year-old citizen, according to an al-Sharq.com report Jan. 1 (computer translated).

The report notes that the individual did pass away from yesterday due to a severe pneumonia as a result of the novel coronavirus.

This is the second case of MERS-CoV reported from the Arab State. The first case was reported in October of last year.

On Tuesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced in a Disease Outbreak News release that six new cases were confirmed, five from Saudi Arabia and one from the United Arab Emirates.

As of yesterday, the UN health agency had been informed of a total of 176 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 74 deaths, not including the case from Oman reported here.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is viral respiratory illness first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. It is caused by a coronavirus called MERS-CoV. Most people who have been confirmed to have MERS-CoV infection developed severe acute respiratory illness. They had fever, cough, and shortness of breath. About 40 percent of these people died.

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