Umrah pilgrim tested positive for MERS-CoV infection - Health DG


A 55-year-old man was confirmed positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection after returning home from his umrah pilgrimage, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said the man who hails from Selangor had symptoms of fever, cough, lethargy and aching feet as soon as he arrived home on Dec 23.

The man received treatment for flu at a nearby clinic a day after arriving home and was warded when he sought treatment at the TengkuAmpuanRahimah Hospital in Klang on Dec 28, he added.

"Taking into account that the man was just back from performing umrah, a MERS-CoV screening was conducted on the patient at Sungai Buloh Hospital on Dec 30 which was confirmed positive by the Medical Research Institute on Dec 31," he said

He said the patient was referred to Sungai Buloh Hospital for further treatment and his condition was reported to be stable.



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