MERS Case Reported Near Oman Border in Abu Dhabi, Says WHO

MERS-CoV MERS Case Reported Near Oman Border in Abu Dhabi, Says WHO
MERS Case Reported Near Oman Border in Abu Dhabi, Says WHO

MERS Case Reported Near Oman Border in Abu Dhabi, Says WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently confirmed a new case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) near the Oman border in Abu Dhabi. This discovery has raised concerns globally as health authorities scramble to contain the spread of the virus. In this article, we will delve into what MERS-CoV is, its symptoms, transmission, and precautionary measures that should be taken to prevent its further spread.

MERS-CoV: What You Need to Know

MERS-CoV, originally identified in 2012, is a highly contagious viral respiratory illness caused by a specific strain of coronavirus, known as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus. The virus belongs to the same family as SARS-CoV and COVID-19. MERS-CoV is primarily found in the Middle East but has been known to spread to other parts of the world through international travel and close contact with infected individuals.

The Symptoms of MERS-CoV

The symptoms of MERS-CoV can vary from mild to severe, and in some cases, the illness can be fatal. The common symptoms of MERS-CoV include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Body aches
  • Sore throat

In severe cases, MERS-CoV can lead to pneumonia, kidney failure, and even death. It is important to recognize these symptoms and seek medical attention immediately if you suspect you may have been exposed to the virus.

Transmission of MERS-CoV

MERS-CoV is primarily transmitted through close contact with infected individuals. This can occur through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, as well as through physical contact. It is also possible to contract the virus by touching surfaces contaminated with the virus and then touching the face or mouth without proper hand hygiene.

Precautionary Measures and Prevention

Prevention is the most effective way to control the spread of MERS-CoV. The following precautionary measures should be taken to reduce the risk of infection:

  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after coming into contact with potentially contaminated surfaces or individuals.
  • Use hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not readily available.
  • Avoid close contact with individuals who are showing symptoms of respiratory illnesses, such as coughing or sneezing.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of used tissues properly.
  • Wear a face mask when in crowded public places or when caring for someone who is ill to prevent the spread of respiratory droplets.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, light switches, and mobile phones, regularly.

By adhering to these preventive measures, we can significantly reduce the risk of contracting and spreading MERS-CoV.

FAQs about MERS-CoV

1. Can MERS-CoV be transmitted from animals to humans?

Yes, MERS-CoV is known to have zoonotic origins, meaning it can be transmitted from animals to humans. Dromedary camels are considered the primary source of infection for humans, but other animals such as bats have also shown signs of carrying the virus.

2. Is there a vaccine available for MERS-CoV?

Currently, there is no specific vaccine available for MERS-CoV. However, researchers are actively working on the development of a vaccine to prevent the illness. In the meantime, prevention through good hygiene practices is crucial.

3. How effective are face masks in preventing the spread of MERS-CoV?

Face masks, especially N95 respirators, can help reduce the risk of contracting MERS-CoV by filtering out respiratory droplets that may contain the virus. However, it is important to note that masks alone cannot provide 100% protection, and other preventive measures such as hand hygiene and social distancing should also be practiced.


With the recent case of MERS-CoV near the Oman border in Abu Dhabi, it is essential for individuals and health authorities to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions to prevent the further spread of the virus. By practicing good hand hygiene, wearing face masks, and avoiding close contact with infected individuals, we can collectively combat this highly contagious respiratory illness. Stay informed, stay safe, and prioritize your health and the health of those around you!


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