Updated on 16 June 2014
The recent surge in cases took up MERS spread to 22 countries
Singapore: The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) confirmed its first MERS case in Bangladesh. The 53-year-old infected man was a Bangladesh born, US resident, returning from the United States.
The victim returned to Bangladesh through Abu Dhabi airport on June 4 and got admitted with severe breathlessness by June 9. He is speculated to have contracted the virus during transit.
Prof Mahmudur Rahman, director, IEDCR said that this was the maiden MERS case in Bangladesh, which was duly notified to the WHO. The condition of the unidentified victim had improved but he was still in the intensive care in a Dhaka clinic.
Prof Rahman, who is also a WHO expert on the board reviewing MERS, urged people to immediately report to the hospital if they fell sick, particularly after returning from abroad.
He added that strict surveillance for the virus was conducted in Bangladesh involving, vigorous testing of 39 suspects of which only one case had tested positive for the virus.
He further stated that 1,500 doctors were trained to handle the new MERS cases across Bangladesh.