The man, 53, was being treated in hospital, said Mahmudur Rahman, of
the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research.
"Most probably, he contacted the virus while he was in Abu Dhabi in
transit on his way back from the United States," Rahman told
First reported in humans in 2012, MERS causes severe and often fatal
respiratory illness, with symptoms similar to those seen during the
outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003.
Its death rate of about 40 percent and reports of clusters of
human-to-human transmission have raised concern it may blow up into
It has infected more than 800 people around the world, killing at
least 310 of them. The vast majority of cases have been in Saudi
Arabia, but there have also been sporadic cases and clusters across
the Middle East and in Europe, Asia and the United States.
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(Reporting by Ruma Paul; Editing by Robert Birsel)
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