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Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
Volume 2017, Article ID 1262838, 4 pages
Case Report

First Confirmed Case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Infection in the Kingdom of Bahrain: In a Saudi Gentleman after Cardiac Bypass Surgery

1Department of Medicine, Bahrain Defence Force Hospital, Riffa, Bahrain
2Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Bahrain Medical University, Muharraq, Bahrain
3John Hopkins Aramco Healthcare, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
4Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, USA
5Mohammed Bin Khalifa Cardiac Centre, Riffa, Bahrain

Correspondence should be addressed to Nahed Seddiq; moc.liamg@qiddesdehan.rd

Received 1 June 2017; Accepted 27 July 2017; Published 28 August 2017

Academic Editor: Lawrence Yamuah

Copyright © 2017 Nahed Seddiq et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is well known to cause severe respiratory infection and was first reported in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2012. We report here the first confirmed MERS-CoV infection in the Kingdom of Bahrain in a Saudi gentleman who was admitted electively for coronary bypass surgery, postoperatively developed an acute respiratory illness, and tested positive for MERS-CoV. 40 close contacts, all healthcare workers, were traced and followed with no documented secondary cases.