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Oman reports first MERS-coronavirus case

Oman has reported its first case of the deadly MERS coronavirus, local newspapers said on Wednesday, the fourth Gulf Arab country where the strain has been found since it emerged in Saudi Arabia last year.Omani newspapers quoted Health Affairs Undersecretary Mohamed bin Saif al Hosni as saying that the patient was admitted to a hospital in Nizwa, an oasis town south-west of Muscat, suffering from a chest infection.The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), which can cause coughing, fever and pneumonia, emerged in Saudi Arabia last year and has been reported in people in the Gulf, France, Germany, Italy, Tunisia and Britain.Oman Observer said the man, who was in stable condition, had the virus after contact with a person from outside the country."He said that the situation is under control and there is no need for panic," the newspaper said.Earlier this week, Qatar's Supreme Council of Health announced that a new case involving a 23-year-old expatriate resident had bee...

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  7. US Navy helicopter with 5 crew crashes in Oman

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  9. Oman Air flight lands safely in India after bomb scare, airport official says

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  11. US Navy helicopter with 5 crew crashes in Oman

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  12. Oman road crash kills 8 family members

    Police in Oman say eight members of a family have been burned to death after their car struck a truck parked on the roadside.A police statement carried in local medi...

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    Cyclone Gonu battered Oman 's coast Wednesday with fierce winds and torrential rains, forcing thousands from their homes and shutting down oil installations before h...

  2. Oman in the middle: Rare spotlight on sultan's land after bail for American jailed in Iran

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  5. Kakko wins Challenge Tour event in Oman

    Muscat, Oman (SportsNetwork.com) - Roope Kakko closed with a 3-under 69 on Sunday to win the National Bank of Oman Golf Classic by two strokes.Kakko, who won for the...

  6. Iran's President Rouhani travels to nearby Oman in effort to boost ties with Arab neighbor

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    MUSCAT, Oman (AP) — American Sarah Shourd is resting in Oman's capital Muscat on her first full day of freedom after a surprise bail deal with Iran secured her relea...

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