Thursday, September 5, 2013

Second MERS Death in Qatar

MERS Infections have been reported in nine countries
Qatar's Supreme Council of Health has reported the death of a 56 year old woman from the MERS virus on August 31.

CIDRAP reports the woman suffered from chronic medical conditions when she fell ill with the virus and was admitted into the hospital intensive care unit on August 26. How the woman contracted the virus was not reported. This brings the number of infections in that country to five, with two fatalities.

A man from Qatar died in London earlier this year after traveling to Saudi Arabia and two additional cases were reported in Qatar just this month (see Qatar Reports Second MERS Infection This Week). They involved 29 and 59 year old men with pre-existing medical conditions. The 59 year old later recovered but the younger man remains in critical condition. 

The World Health Organization has not confirmed this latest report, or the previous two infections reported in Saudi Arabia earlier this week. (see Asymptomatic MERS Cases Discovered in Saudi Children).

No additional cases have been found through the testing of contacts with these latest victims. The current official count stands at 108 infections and 50 deaths. Following WHO confirmation, possible new numbers could reach 111 infections with 51 fatalities. 

Confirmed infections have occurred in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates on the Arabian Peninsula and in Europe in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Italy and Tunisia in northern Africa.

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