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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 9:29 am 
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Announced by the Supreme Health and the Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the Institute of Public Health and Medical Center in the Netherlands Aarasems

Modern scientific discovery to record the first case of an outbreak of "Corona" between the three camels in Qatar



Doha - Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Announce the Supreme Council of Health and the Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment of the Ministry of Health in the Netherlands RIVM center Aarasems medical Erasmus MC in the Netherlands for scientific discovery interview to record the first case of an outbreak of laboratory confirmed the virus, corona virus that causes AIDS Middle East respiratory ( MERS-CoV ) between Three camels in Qatar, in a barn (manor) one, linked with two new confirmed previous laboratory was Chweahma between humans, and all contacts were examined for two of the humans and the results were negative.

The three cases were examined within 14 camels, sampled on the basis of epidemiological investigation of the Inter-Department of Public Health at the Supreme Council of Health and the Department of Livestock, Ministry of Environment. It was not the camel fourteen (14) suffering from symptoms when I took samples of which have been isolated as a precaution for a period of 40 days and is still in good condition and did not show any symptoms until today.

The two departments and the follow-up tests that were sent to the reference laboratory for samples of other animals and environmental samples. The working plan to conduct a field survey and national groups and those most vulnerable to infection and collect samples from the animals and the surrounding environment in the near future.

As a joint team from the Supreme Council of Health and the Ministry of Environment to pursue the development of this disease on an ongoing basis and to take the necessary measures and actions to reduce its spread.

And the result of this discovery comes as a result of the continuing efforts of the Supreme Council of Health and the Ministry of Environment and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment RIVM , as well as the World Health Organization.

And this is the modern discovery of the disease among the animals and for which there is currently a working definition, and there is currently insufficient scientific information about the role of animals in the transmission of the disease and its spread.

And even the availability of other information from the World Health Organization recommended precaution in the event of discovery of human cases mixing them with animals that are isolated and examined to make sure they are free of the virus.

And are advised to avoid the mixing of these animals, especially people who suffer from chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease and failure and kidney function and respiratory diseases and HIV and the elderly.

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National - The Supreme Council of Health in Qatar, today, recording the first confirmed cases of the virus, "Corona" that causes Acquired Middle East respiratory with three heads of camels "in the barn one," according to an official statement. statement said that these cases "in connection with two cases previous equalize laboratory among humans has been Chweahma, were all checked in contact with two of the humans and the results were negative. " and reach the Council to these results in the context of cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Health, the Dutch and the Faculty of the Erasmus Medical in the Netherlands. been monitoring the virus in three heads Apple out of 14 in the barn. was not the 14 camels suffer symptoms while satisfying took samples of which have been isolated as a precaution for 40 days and is still in good condition. ======= m. p

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 10:09 am 
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The Supreme Council of Health in Qatar Thursday recording the first confirmed cases of Corona virus that causes respiratory syndrome Middle East with three heads of camels "in the barn one," according to an official statement.

The statement said that these cases "in connection with the two previous cases equalize laboratory among humans has been Chweahma, all contacts were examined for two of the humans and the results were negative." And the Council to reach these results in the context of cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Health and the Dutch Erasmus Medical College in the Netherlands. The virus has been detected three heads Apple out of 14 in the barn.

It was not the 14 camels suffering from symptoms when I took samples of which have been isolated as a precaution for 40 days and is still in good condition. Three people died in Qatar because of the Corona virus, while Saudi Arabia constitute the main focus of the virus in the world.

The Health Ministry announced in Saudi Arabia earlier this month, for the first time discovered a camel infected with Corona in the province of Jeddah, west of Saudi Arabia. But as long as the World Health Organization has expressed the belief that the virus is transmitted through animals, but has not yet been able to find concrete evidence of this.

In total, Saudi Arabia recorded the largest number of casualties since the emergence of the virus in September 2012. The number of deaths from the virus in the Kingdom of Corona 55 people out of 130 have suffered the disease.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 10:13 am 
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The three camels which have tested positive with #MERS in #Qatar were detected in a barn linked to two confirmed human infections
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 10:19 am 
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Devastating SARS-like virus in Middle East found in camels
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Camels are now believed to be the source of the SARS-like coronovirus.

Amena Bakr and Kate Kelland – 28 November 2013

Scientists have found cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in camels in Qatar, health officials said on Thursday, fuelling speculation that camels might be the animal reservoir that allowed the virus to infect and kill humans.

The SARS-like coronavirus, which emerged in the Middle East last year and has killed almost 40 percent of the around 170 people so far infected, was found in three camels in a herd in a barn also linked to two human cases of MERS infection.

"The three camels were investigated among a herd of 14 camels, and the samples were collected as part of the epidemiological investigation," Qatar's Supreme Council of Health said in a statement.

It added that the two confirmed human cases linked to the barn had since recovered. Scientists around the world have been seeking to pin down the animal source of MERS virus infections since the first human cases were confirmed.

British researchers who conducted some of the very first genetic analyses on MERS last September said the virus, which is from the same family as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, was also related to a virus found in bats.

Confirming and commenting on the virus being found in camels in Qatar, WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said there was still insufficient evidence to say for sure what the source of the human MERS infections was.

"Neither camels nor bats can yet be said to be reservoir of MERS," he said on the networking site Twitter.

Ab Osterhaus, a professor of virology at the Erasmus Medical Centre in The Netherlands that worked on the camel study, told Reuters the results were confirmed by a range of tests including sequencing and antibody testing.

Dutch scientists said in August they had found strong evidence that the MERS virus is widespread among one-humped dromedary camels in the Middle East - suggesting people who become infected may be catching it from camels used for meat, milk, transport and racing.

Saudi officials said this month that a camel there had tested positive for MERS a few days after its owner was confirmed to have the virus.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said in its latest MERS update on Nov. 22 that of the 176 laboratory-confirmed and probable reported human cases to date, 69 people had died.

Human cases of MERS, which can cause coughing, fever and pneumonia, have so far been reported in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Tunisia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Britain.

Osterhaus, whose team worked with Qatar's Health and Environment Ministries on the study, said that, at this stage, "no more details can be disclosed" about the findings since a scientific paper was in the process of being prepared and submitted for peer review and publication.

The Qatari health council said, however, as a precaution, the elderly and people with underlying health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and respiratory illnesses should avoid any close animal contact when visiting farms and markets. (Editing by Keiron Henderson and Alison Williams)

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 10:38 am 
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Qatar Reports Mystery Virus MERS Found in Camels

SARS-like virus has sickened at least 160 worldwide

By Andrew Katz @katzNov. 28, 2013

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Qatar announced on Wednesday that health officials had identified the first cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in camels, furthering speculation about their potential role in the mystery virus’ transmission path.

The three camels, investigated among a herd of 14, were from a barn that has been linked to two people previously confirmed to have contracted and recovered from the SARS-like coronavirus. The discoveries, a collaborative effort between Qatari public and animal health officials, researchers in the Netherlands and the World Health Organization, are only the second instance of MERS being reported in live camels.

(MORE: Is MERS a pandemic-in-waiting?)

Health officials in Saudi Arabia recently revealed that a camel owned by a Jeddah man who had fallen ill with the virus also tested positive. Prior, camels from Oman, Egypt and the Canary Islands had previously shown antibodies to MERS or a closely related virus.

Since mid-2012, scientists have sought to find and confirm the origin of the virus — most speculate that bats are the culprit — and how it spreads between animals and humans. To date, more than a third of the reported 160 human cases have resulted in fatalities. The majority of cases have been in Saudi Arabia, but others have appeared in Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and several countries in Western Europe.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 10:47 am 
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Qatar reports three camel MERS infections

Qatar said on Thursday that three camels have been found infected with the MERS coronavirus, in the first case of animals contracting the SARS-like virus in the Gulf state.

The camels were found in the same barn, and had been in contact with two humans who fully recovered from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, said the country's Supreme Council of Health.

It was the second reported case of animals infected with MERS after Saudi Arabia announced a camel had tested positive for the virus this month.

The World Health Organisation says it has been informed of 160 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection worldwide since September last year, including 68 deaths.

Saudi Arabia is the worst affected country, accounting for 55 deaths.

Experts are struggling to understand the MERS virus, for which there is no vaccine.

It is considered a deadlier but less-transmissible cousin of the SARS virus that erupted in Asia in 2003 and infected 8,273 people, nine percent of whom died.

In August, researchers pointed to Arabian camels as possible hosts of the virus, which has hit hardest in the desert kingdom.

Like SARS, MERS appears to cause a lung infection, with patients suffering from a temperature, cough and breathing difficulty.

But it differs in that it also causes rapid kidney failure and the extremely high death rate has caused serious concern.

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Camels test positive for MERS; from Qatari farm where 2 men fell ill
By Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press November 28, 2013 7:31 AM

Health officials in Qatar have announced they have found MERS or a MERS-like virus in three camels.

The camels were from a single farm where two men also contracted the virus.

The finding provides further evidence that camels can at the very least be infected with MERS or a very similar virus.

But it does not prove camels are driving the outbreak of the new coronavirus, which is a cousin of the virus that caused the 2003 SARS outbreak.

Recently officials from Saudi Arabia also reported a similar finding from a single camel in that country.

The World Health Organization has confirmed 160 infections with the new virus, all in or linked to six countries in the Middle East.

"This is our first clue which further fills out the whole story," says Bart Haagmans, a Dutch virologist who is involved in the effort to test the camel specimens.

"But there's more work to do, especially on routes of transmission."

Haagmans, who is with Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam, says the team believes the findings are solid. They used three different tests, and found multiple fragments of viral RNA.

As well, the camels have developed antibodies to MERS, or a MERS-like virus, he says. Sequencing of that material is ongoing.

It has been reported that other types of animals were also present on the farm. Haagmans says testing of specimens from other animals is still underway.

While the working hypothesis is the virus originated in bats, scientists have been trying to figure out how people are becoming infected with it.

The assumption has been that one or perhaps several species of animals contracted the bat virus and are now spreading it among themselves and occasionally to humans.

A lot of attention has focused on camels. From time to time there have been reports that a person who became infected owned camels or attended camel races. But the WHO says many of the people who have contracted this virus reported no contact with the beasts.

Earlier this year European researchers reported finding antibodies to MERS or a similar virus in camels from Oman, the Canary Islands and Egypt.

But antibodies signal prior infection. To confirm that camels play a role in this story, science needs evidence of current infection.

Even with these findings, much of the puzzle remains to be completed. How are people contracting this virus? What puts them at risk? And what portion of cases involve animal-to-human spread at this point?

"For sure there is a part of the outbreak that is caused by human-to-human transmission," says Haagmans.

"The question is, what is the fraction of these cases? And how many independent introductions do you have through zoonotic" — from an animal —"transmission?"

The team involved in this work — from Qatar, the WHO and the Netherlands — is working on a scientific paper to lay out their findings.
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Doha / LONDON ( Reuters) - Health officials on Thursday that scientists had found cases of the virus, corona virus that causes respiratory syndrome to the Middle East between the camels in the State of Qatar , fueling speculation that the camels were probably of animal origin , who moved from the virus to humans.

Corona virus and virus -like severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS ) , which killed nearly 40 percent of the nearly 170 people infected since appeared in the Middle East last year . It was found in three camels in a herd within the fold of the cases also linked to human cases of respiratory syndrome .

The Supreme Council of Health in Qatar in a statement: " The three cases were examined within 14 camels sampled based on the epidemiological investigation of the Inter- Department of Public Health at the Supreme Council of Health and the livestock department at the Ministry of Environment . "

It added that "the first laboratory-confirmed case of an outbreak of the virus ... coronavirus associated with previous new confirmed cases among humans have been laboratory- Chweahma . "

Seeks scientists around the world to determine the source of the animal injuring the virus that causes respiratory syndrome to the Middle East since making sure the first cases in humans.

He said British researchers who conducted in September last year some of the first genetic analysis of the virus that Corona virus, which belongs to the family of his relatives SARS virus also was found in bats .

Said Gregory Hartl , spokesman for the World Health Organization , stressing Corona virus found in Apple , Qatar, the evidence so far is not sufficient to aver the source of infection among people with HIV.

He said in a Twitter site " can not yet say that the camel or the bat is the source of the virus . "

Said August Awstrhaus professor of virology at the Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands , who worked on the study on camels , told Reuters that the results were confirmed by several tests , including the test antibodies and compared the genetic makeup . Followed by

Dutch scientists said in August they had found strong evidence that respiratory syndrome virus to the Middle East is widespread among camels in the Middle East , pointing to the possibility that patients were exposed to the infection of camels .

The Saudi officials said this month that the tests proved the virus infection sentences there Coruna days after evidence of the virus infection owner .

And found human cases of the virus, which causes coughing , fever and pneumonia in Saudi Arabia , Qatar, Kuwait , Jordan and the United Arab Emirates , Oman, Tunisia , France, Germany , Spain, Italy and Britain.

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