Friday, January 17, 2014

MERS Suspected in Death of Riyadh Doctor

Image from the Saudi MOH
In another suspected MERS case in the Saudi Kingdom, a 55 year old surgeon from Bangladesh who was working at Prince Salman Hospital in Riyadh, has died.

Dr. Mohammed Humayun Kabeer was admitted to the hospital for symptoms of the common cold on January 6.

His condition worsened and he was moved to the intensive care unit. Despite the best efforts by hospital staff, he passed away on January 15 due to multiple organ failure, just nine days after being admitted.

The body will be flown to Dhaka next week. The report did not specify if he had contact with MERS patients at the hospital where he worked.

If confirmed by the World Health Organization, this will bring the number of deaths due to the MERS virus in Saudi Arabia to 142 including 58 deaths.

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