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MERS detected first time in Bangladesh

Star Online Report

Scientists have identified a Bangladeshi expatriate to be the first ever person disgnosed with MERS corona virus in the country.

The 53-year old Bangladeshi expatriate arrived in Dhaka from New York via Abu Dhabi two weeks ago, said Dr Moshtak Hossain, principal scientific officer of the Institute of IEDCR, Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control & Research (IEDCR).

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), which was first identified in 2012, has affected a total of 700 people in 22 countries of the world. Most of them were found in Saudi Arabia, he told The Daily Star.

Of the total 700 people, 209 persons, or around 30 percent, died, he said.

As per the rules, the IEDCR has reported to the World Health Organisation.

Scientists have yet to identify the source of the virus, but camels are suspected to be the major source, Dr Moshtak added.

The symptoms of those affected by the virus are respiratory problems, coughs and cold.

"If anybody feels so, we advise them to report to the nearest hospital," he said.

The IEDCR would arrange a desk at the Shahjalal International Airport in a day or two for those travelling from the Middle East for a check up.

"We would not check the travellers. But if anyone wants, he or she can report to us," the physician said.

Published: 3:43 pm Sunday, June 15, 2014

Last modified: 11:18 pm Sunday, June 15, 2014

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