Qatar reports MERS coronavirus fatality
In a follow-up to a report last week, the Qatari Supreme Council of Health has announced the death of a 61-year-old expatriate who was confirmed infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), according to a Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) report Tuesday (computer translated).
The World Health Organization (WHO) previously stated that the case suffered from underlying medical conditions. In addition, the preliminary epidemiological investigation indicated that the patient had exposure to farms where livestock are kept.
The Supreme Council of Health also reported on the recovery of a 48-year-old Doha resident who was discharged after three weeks of hospitalization for MERS-CoV.
The most recent global totals reported to the WHO dated Nov. 18 show that there has been a total of 157 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 66 deaths. This does not include the case descibed above.
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MERS Cases and Deaths,
April 2012 – Present
Current as of November 20, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT
|Saudi Arabia||127 (53)|
|United Kingdom (UK)||3 (2)|
|United Arab Emirates (UAE)||6 (2)|