The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed one case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) infection in a returning Umrah pilgrim.

The 55-year-old man from Selangor returned from the pilgrimage on 23 December, and started having symptoms of fever, cough, weakness and leg pain the day after. He initially sought treatment at a clinic near his home and was treated as a fever case.

Preventive messages for Umrah and Haj pilgrims. Photo credit: MOH
Preventive messages for Umrah and Haj pilgrims. Photo credit: MOH

On 28 December, he went to Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah (HTAR), Klang where he was admitted for further examination and treatment. Lastly, he was referred to Hospital Sungai Buloh and his condition was reported to be stable.

"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 December 30 which was confirmed positive by the Medical Research Institute (IMR) on 31 December," elaborated Health Director-General, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a press statement, released on 1 January 2018.

The patient admitted that while in the Holy Land, he came in contact with camels and drank raw camel milk during his visit to a camel farm.

Known mode of transmission of MERS-CoV. Photo credit: MOH
Known mode of transmission of MERS-CoV. Photo credit: MOH

Health advisory for Malaysian pilgrims

The MOH has issued a health advisory for Malaysian pilgrims to take preventive measures against the diseases during and after returning from the Holy land.

These include tracking and monitoring those who had been in contact with the patient, such as family members, pilgrims in the same group, and health and airline staff.

Practising high levels of personal hygiene by washing their hands frequently with soap and water especially after coughing, sneezing or shaking hands with others could also help prevent the spread of MERS-CoV infection. MIMS




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