|Qatar reports second Sars-like infection
Health authorities in Qatar announced the second confirmed case in a week of the MERS coronavirus in the Gulf state. A 29-year-old man is infected and in intensive care.
The Qatari patient suffers from asthma and has been in contact with another patient infected with MERS.
He is “in a critical condition and is under intensive care,'' the Supreme Health Council said in a statement late Monday.
On August 20, the authorities announced the first infection in the Gulf state of a 59-year-old Qatari.
Another Qatari national with the infection died in a London hospital on June 28.
The virus has killed 47 people worldwide since September, 41 of them in Saudi Arabia which neighbors Qatar.
MERS is considered a cousin of the SARS virus that erupted in Asia in 2003 and infected 8,273 people, 9 percent of whom died.—AFP