Global Public Health


PUBH-100: Global Issues in Public Health

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Animal Diseases | Diseases | Public Health | Respiratory Tract Diseases

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United Arab Emirates is a federal absolute monarchy in Western Asia at the South East end of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman to the East and Saudi Arabia to the south, as well as sharing maritime borders with Qatar to the west and Iran to the north. The current population of the UAE is 9,457,851. It is a federation of hereditary absolute monarchies, governed by a Federal Supreme Council made up of seven Emirs. The external and internal challenges faced by United Arab Emirates are some security and political issues and in the field of business. The public health problem faced by the UAE is MERS. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus (MERS-CoV). The virus appears to cause more severe disease in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and people with chronic diseases such as renal diseases, diabetes, cancer, and chronic lung disease. According to Gulf Co-operation Council, the mortality rate for people with the MERS virus is approximately 35%. No vaccine or specific treatment for MERS-CoV is currently available, but precautions should be taken as a safety measure.