MUSCAT : An Omani man has died after contracting MERS, becoming the first recorded fatality from the coronavirus in the Gulf sultanate, health authorities announced Sunday.
The 68-year-old was “suffering from several chronic illnesses including diabetes, blood pressure, and heart failure,” the health ministry said in a statement.
“The main cause of death was failure in lung function,” it said.
Health authorities announced the man’s infection by (MERS-CoV) — Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus — on October 30. It was the only MERS case reported in Oman so far. The man was receiving treatment at a hospital in Nazwa, 150 kilometres (95 miles) west of Muscat. The ministry said that tests carried out for all those who had contacted the victim had given negative results.
Health authorities in Saudi Arabia, the Gulf nation where the virus first appeared in September 2012, announced on Sunday a new death by MERS, bringing to 53 the number of fatalities in the kingdom by the coronavirus.
By Julie S, HNGN
The health ministry in Spain confirmed the first case of MERS in the country from a female who arrived from Saudi Arabia.
According to the latest count of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) virus has infected 149 people with 63 fatalities as of end of October. Most people die of the complications such renal failure and pneumonia. The first week symptoms of the infection include fever, cough, and shortness of breath before it fully kicks after 12 days of incubation. Unfortunately, no cure has been made yet thought scientists claimed that they have identified the source of the virus. WHO had declared the virus “a threat to entire world.”
According to a CBS report, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has released a statement Friday confirming that the 61-year old Spanish-Moroccan resident was admitted in Nov. 1 to a hospital in Madrid. She was diagnosed with pneumonia in Saudi Arabia October before she went back to Spain.
By Agence France-Presse
AFP – Saudi Arabia has recorded two new cases of the MERS virus, the health ministry said on Saturday, a day after authorities in neighbouring Qatar reported one new case.
Saudi Arabia accounts for a full 52 of 127 deaths worldwide from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) so far, while Qatar accounts for two.
The two new cases were both Saudis, the ministry reported on its website, one a 72-year-old in Riyadh with pre-existing health problems, the other a 43-year-old in the commercial capital Jeddah.
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