Egypt’s ports on alert due for MERS-CoV
Deputy Minister for Preventive Medicine Amr Kandil - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Ports are on alert to control the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Sunday, following a Saudi announcement of 94 fatal cases.

A confirmed case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) case was detected Thursday, said State TV Saturday.

Head Deputy of the Preventive Medicine Department of the Ministry of Health Amr Qandil confirmed Sunday to Youm7 that the patient, who is quarantined in Abbasiya Fever Hospital, is in stable condition.

A total of the suspected cases has hit 1,200 since the appearance of virus; all have proved negative except for the announced one, Qandil added.

The Red Sea Port Authority (RSPA) announced a state of emergency in Nuweiba and Safaga ports to check Egyptians who are returning from Saudi Arabia.

The World Health Organization says MERS-CoV is a new strain of coronavirus that was detected in April 2012, and has been fatal in roughly half of known cases. There is not yet a vaccine for the illness.

The Egyptian Ministry of Health said in a press release April 20 that MERS-CoV could possibly infect Egyptians after a study proved the virus can be carried by camels. The release noted precautions taken by the ministry to avoid the spread of the virus.

MERS-CoV’s symptoms include serious respiratory illness with fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties, some patients have pneumonia, and others have suffered kidney failure and diarrhea, according to the WHO.

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