Monday March 2, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
11o C
6o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Health authorities on alert over MERS virus

A 69-year-old Greek man who has been in the intensive-care unit of Athenss Sotiria hospital since he tested positive for the potentially fatal MERS virus on his arrival in the Greek capital from Saudi Arabia last week was in a critical but stable condition on Tuesday night, doctors said, as health authorities remained on high alert to stop the virus from spreading.

A total of 73 people believed to have come into contact with the man from the moment he boarded an airplane bound for Athens in Jeddah until the moment he was put under hospital quarantine have been given instructions on symptoms to look out for fever, coughing, shortness of breath over the next two weeks. They have been asked to immediately alert health authorities if any of these symptoms appear. Two of the 73 people exposed to the victim his wife and the taxi driver who collected him from Athens International Airport last Thursday have already undergone laboratory tests and tested negative for the virus.

The 69-year-old, who is a resident of Saudi Arabia, was visiting relatives for the Easter holidays when he displayed signs of the infection.

Officials at the Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) have sent instructions to Greek hospitals on how to deal with possible outbreaks of MERS, a respiratory illness similar to SARS, which has claimed 93 lives since 2012, mostly in Saudi Arabia.

ekathimerini.com , Tuesday April 22, 2014 (20:39)  
Police arrest woman alleged to have been Xeros accomplice
Vatopedi Monastery land swap trial adjourned until March 23
Three arrested over Xeros, Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire links
Trial for Vatopedi Monastery land swap to begin
Next Greek aid deal will emerge in coming months, Moscovici says
Euro-area authorities will use the next four months to figure out how to help Greece after June, when its current bailout extension expires, European Union Economic Commissioner Pierre Mosco...
Greek reforms could prompt bailout payment in March, says Dijsselbloem
Greece's international creditors could pay part of the 7.2 billion euros remaining in its bailout pot as early as this month if Athens starts adopting necessary reforms, the head of the euro...
Inside Business
SOCCER
Super League to seek way out of impasse
The Super League governing board is convening again on Monday in a bid to overcome the tensions that keeps building up in Greek soccer despite the suspension of action on the field over the ...
BASKETBALL
Spanoulis leads Olympiakos to win over Malaga
A good second half was enough for Olympiakos to get the better of Unicaja Malaga (77-72) and score its seventh win in eight games at the second group stage of the Euroleague on Friday. Playi...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
A unionist agenda
Maybe Greece will not experience a credit event, because it is in no ones interest, as Minister of State for Coordinating Government Operations Alekos Flambouraris recently assured. Maybe...
EDITORIAL
The beguiling limelight
Too much media exposure is never a good thing and there is no shortage of newcomers in politics who are beguiled by the limelight. What usually comes after this thrall of publicity is the in...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. Police arrest woman alleged to have been Xeros accomplice
2. Vatopedi Monastery land swap trial adjourned until March 23
3. Three arrested over Xeros, Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire links
4. Trial for Vatopedi Monastery land swap to begin
5. Next Greek aid deal will emerge in coming months, Moscovici says
6. Greek reforms could prompt bailout payment in March, says Dijsselbloem
more news
Today
This Week
1. Greece to make international protest over Turkey reserving Aegean air space
2. Greek reforms could prompt bailout payment in March, says Dijsselbloem
3. Schaeuble urges Greece to implement reforms during extension
4. Next Greek aid deal will emerge in coming months, Moscovici says
5. Trial for Vatopedi Monastery land swap to begin
6. Three arrested over Xeros, Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire links
Today
This Week
1. Time for Alexis Tsipras to keep his nerve
2. A fierce battle looms
3. The ignorance of the West about the culture of Islam
4. Spain said to lead push to hold Greece to terms as Podemos grows
5. SYRIZA feeling the pain
6. The unlikely winners of Greece's surrender on euro
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.