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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Malaysia : MOH press release on MERS-Cov

The latest press release from Malaysia's MOH, excerpt from a machine translated article :

Emergence Novel Coronavirus, also now known as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is a public health emergency critical, not only for the countries involved but also to the world community as a whole. The World Health Organization (WHO) began to report about it in September 2012. Until June 5, 2013, a total of 54 cases MERS-CoV confirmed through laboratory tests have been reported from around the world, including 30 deaths.  

MERS-CoV is one of the family members ( strains ) of the coronavirus. It is a large virus family group and consists of a variety of strains that can infect humans and animals. SARS has shocked the world in 2003, is one of the strains of coronavirus are. However, MERS and SARS-CoV are two coronavirus strains that differ from each other and are cautioned not to use the term SARS-like virus as it is a statement that is misleading and potentially to create panic situation.

At this point a number of countries in the Middle East region reported cases MERS-CoV and these countries are Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Qatar and Tunisia. Similarly, the number of countries from the European region, namely Italy, Germany, France and the United Kingdom . For the cases reported from Tunisia and the European region countries, they either have a history of a visit to the Middle East or history of symptomatic contact with visitors just returned from a trip to the Middle East.

The main symptoms are detected among MERS case-CoV is occurring respiratory infections and serious acute, the fever and difficulty breathing. Most cases of pneumonia suffering and there are also some cases that were detected with symptoms of gastrointestinal such as diarrhea. For individuals who suffer from chronic diseases and immune deficiency infections (immunocompromised ), symptoms of infection may occur in a non-typical ( atypical )."

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