Lebanese Health Minister Wael Abu Faour said, Thursday, that the first case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome was detected in Lebanon and that the patient was released after hospital treatment, according to the Daily Star. He added that the Health Ministry was also following up on epidemiological investigations and surveillance to ensure the virus does not spread across Lebanon.
The virus, which causes coughing, fever and pneumonia, has killed some 117 people in Saudi Arabia since it was detected in September 2012. Cases have also been reported in Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Oman, Tunisia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Britain. Abu Faour stressed that there was no need to panic, and called on Lebanese citizens “to take the usual measures for the prevention of respiratory diseases" noting that the cases recorded in some countries, the source being Gulf countries, did not lead to an epidemic.