World Bulletin / News Desk
Jordan on Thursday reported a new case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
The virus, also known as coronavirus, was detected in a medical worker, the Jordanian Health Ministry said.
"He [the medical worker] contracted the virus from a Saudi medical patient," Mohamed al-Abdallat, head of infectious diseases at the ministry, said.
On April 22, the ministry announced that a Saudi medical patient at a private Jordanian hospital had been found to be carrying the virus.
According to al-Abdallat, the medical worker, 28, likely contracted the virus by coming in contact with the Saudi patient at the hospital.
The latest case brings the number of coronavirus infections in the Hashemite Kingdom to seven since 2012.
Saudi Arabia has been one of the most affected countries in the world by the virus. Along with Saudi, the virus has been reported in Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, Jordan, Egypt and Oman.
Symptoms, which include persistent fever and cough, are similar to those associated with the SARS virus.
MERS, for which no known cure is available, destroys the lungs and kidneys. It is presumed that long-term physical contact with infected persons can lead to infection.Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Mayıs 2014, 16:59