ABU DHABI: ARAB NEWS
Published — Saturday 13 July 2013
Last update 13 July 2013 5:37 am
Health authorities in the UAE have announced that an 82-year-old man has been diagnosed with the MERS coronavirus infection, the first case to be recorded in the state.
The Emirati citizen who contracted the SARS-like virus suffers from cancer and is being treated in hospital in the capital, Abu Dhabi health authority said in a statement carried by WAM state news agency.
This is the first case to be diagnosed in the UAE, the authority said.
The World Health Organization announced earlier it had convened emergency talks on the MERS virus. The first recorded MERS death was in June last year in Saudi Arabia.