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Lebanese hospitals are on "high alert" and ready to deal with any potential future cases of the highly contagious Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, health experts told The Daily Star Friday, after the country's first case was confirmed a day earlier.MERS is caused by a coronavirus, a virus that leads to illness in humans and animals, called MERS-CoV, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC).According to the general director of the Health Ministry, Walid Ammar, all hospitals already received training last year from the World Health Organization on combating viruses in general and would be getting a refresher course this month on how to handle MERS.According to Dr. Hassan al-Bushra, WHO's representative in Lebanon, a full plan to begin training hospital staff to treat MERS would be put in place "as early as next week".While in approximately 70 percent of the cases patients will eventually recover, some complications of MERS can be deadly, Aoun said.MERS can lead to death in the case of individuals with very low immunity, such as children under 2 years old, the elderly, cancer patients and diabetics, among others, as they were more likely to experience complications, according to health professional.
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