The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) confirmed a case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in Qatar this week.

The case is a male citizen aged 65 years who has been suffering from several chronic diseases. The patient has been admitted to the hospital to receive the necessary medical care following the national protocol in cases of confirmed or suspected cases of the disease.

​MOPH, in cooperation with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, is taking all the necessary preventive and precautionary measures to control the disease and prevent it from spreading.

MERS is a viral respiratory disease that is caused by one of the coronaviruses (MERS-CoV), but it differs from the novel Coronavirus known as (COVID19), which has recently spread in several countries. Both viruses differ in terms of the source of infection, mode of transmission, and the disease severity. The Ministry of Public Health confirms that no cases of the COVID19 have been diagnosed in Qatar so far.

Only three cases of MERS-CoV were registered in Qatar during the past two years. The Ministry of Public Health calls on all members of the public, and especially people with chronic diseases or those with immunodeficiency disorders, to adhere to public hygiene measures. This includes washing hands regularly with water and soap, using hand sanitizers, as well as avoiding close contact with camels and seeking medical advice when experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath.

The Rapid Response Team of the Health Protection and Communicable Disease Control is available round-the-clock to receive notifications or inquiries related to communicable diseases through their hotline numbers 6674 0948 or 6674 0951.​