‘Coronavirus still a threat’

Jul 8 2014

Dr. Bindainah

Though the officials in Bahrain confirmed that the Kingdom is free from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a senior health official has warned that the deadly virus remains a threat to the entire world.

Highlighting the increase in number of MERS cases around the globe, Arabian Gulf University (AGU) Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases Department Head, Dr. Khalid Bindainah explained that the coronavirus threat can’t be taken lightly.

“Our neighbouring country Saudi Arabia has recorded 38 deaths between April 11 and June 9. This number should motivate us to take more precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the disease to Bahrain,” said the doctor.

Dr. Bindainah added that diabetes, kidney failure and chronic respiratory diseases patients are more susceptible to MERS infection. “These patients should avoid direct contact with animals, especially camels while visiting farms, markets, barns and other areas where coronavirus may prevail,” he suggested.

World Health Organisation (WHO) has recently stated that the spread of coronavirus remains a major concern. But it also explained that the number of infected people is decreasing. The organisation stated that 800 cases were reported globally, especially in Saudi Arabia, followed by Europe, Asia, the United States and other countries.

The organisation also expressed its concerns over the spread of the disease as thousands of pilgrims are travelling to Saudi Arabia, especially during Hajj season.

MERS has killed 284 people in Saudi Arabia since it first emerged in April 2012, and hundreds more have been infected. Twenty-two countries have reported cases.

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How coronavirus spreads?

Coronaviruses spread from an infected person to others throughthe air by coughing and sneezing, and close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands.

These viruses may also spread by touching contaminated objects or surfaces then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.

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