So far, the deadly SARS virus has mainly infected citizens in Saudi Arabia in recent weeks, but it seems that the virus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / SARS) arrived in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) because an Emirati citizen has reportedly been infected with a new deadly virus that is related to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which previously has infected several citizens of Saudi Arabia.
In Saudi Arabia, 65 cases of the infection with the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) were detected so far, among them are 38 fatalities up to today. Now an 82 year old citizen of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was infected with the so-called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) according to the official statement of the Emirati health authorities from yesterday. According to the statement, the 82-year old Emirati citizen already suffers from cancer and is currently under treatment in the UAE.
This is the first case of an infection with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV / related to SARS) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is to hope that the SARS virus will not spread further through the Gulf States and that it won`t modify itself in the next weeks and months.
Already last week, the famous World Health Organization (WHO) has announced in terms of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infections in Saudi Arabia that it had held some emergency talks.
As stated, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is related to the SARS virus and got is name due to the situation that the MERS-CoV infection was firstly only seen in the Middle East and also the first case of infection happened in the Middle East in September 2012. The first victim was a person from Qatar who previously had travelled to Saudi Arabia.
There are confirmed similar cases of infections so far and not only in the Middle East. Similar cases have also been reported in Tunisia, Jordan, Qatar, Italy, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
Health officials are currently trying to find the best remedy against the possible spread of this virus. At least, it is stated so far that the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), which is most closely related to an already known bat virus, is not as contagious as the “famous” SARS virus that has already killed about 800 people in an epidemic in the year 2003.
In addition, it is not sure whether animals like camels or goats or the bats are the possible source of the infection with the MERS-CoV syndrome. Not yet.