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Published On: Wed, Dec 4th, 2013

Female MERS coronavirus patient dies in Abu Dhabi

In a follow-up report to the MERS coronavirus cluster reported in Abu Dhabi Monday, the Associated Press reports today that the 32-year-old woman and mother has died from the novel virus,

 Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Image/CDC

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Image/CDC

According to the report, the health authority in Abu Dhabi reported the death of the Jordanian woman, 38, on Tuesday. Her husband and son have also contracted the virus. It says they are in stable condition.

The World Health Organization confirmed Monday of the cluster saying, “While hospitalized, the mother gave birth to a newborn child.”

When confirmed by the WHO, this would be the 71st fatality due to the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

The WHO notes patients diagnosed and reported to date have had respiratory disease as their primary illness. Diarrhea is commonly reported among the patients and severe complications include renal failure and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) with shock. It is possible that severely immunocompromised patients can present with atypical signs and symptoms.

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