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Published On: Thu, Nov 21st, 2013

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).

Image/Maureen Metcalfe; Azaibi Tamin

Image/Maureen Metcalfe; Azaibi Tamin

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

Countries Cases (Deaths)
France 2 (1)
Italy 1 (0)
Jordan 2 (2)
Kuwait 2 (0)
Oman 2 (2)
Qatar 9 (3)
Saudi Arabia 127 (53)
Tunisia 3 (1)
United Kingdom (UK) 3 (2)
United Arab Emirates (UAE) 6 (2)
Total 157 (66)

 

About the Author

- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He regularly writes about infectious disease news for Examiner.com and administers the Outbreak News section of The Global Dispatch.

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