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Qatar MERS Case Raises Hajj Concerns
Recombinomics Commentary 19:15
October 17, 2013

The Supreme Council of Health said the new patient at the age of 61 years old and suffering from chronic diseases, but he did not travel outside the country in the two weeks prior to his injury, as he did not in touch Bmassaben. The council was announced on the seventh of September
The above translation describes an new MERS-CoV confirmed case (61M) in Qatar.  This case follows a cluster confirmed last week which was linked to travel to Medina by the index case (59M).  Although the traveler did not visit the Grand Mosque, he developed symptoms the day of his return from Medina, where multiple other cases were confirmed.  Contacts of the Qatar subsequently developed symptoms in Qatar, signaling onward transmission.  This cluster raised concerns that unreported cases linked the Qatari and other confirmed cases in Medina to pilgrims performing Umrah during Ramadan.

The current case raises concerns of unreported cases in Qatar as well as additional cases in pilgrims traveling from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in association with the Hajj, although the KSA-MoH has denied confirmation of any MERS cases in pilgrims.

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