Saturday, November 16, 2013

Death Toll From MERS-CoV Infection Rises To 66

GENEVA, Nov 16 (Bernama) -- Two more people have died from the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), bringing total death toll to 66, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said.

WHO said in a latest update on Friday that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has reported confirmed cases of MERS-CoV infection, Xinhua news agency reported.

A 75-year-old man from Oman who became ill on Oct 1 was hospitalised on Oct 12 and died on Nov 10.

A previous case in Oman in the country's first confirmed case of the coronavirus infection has also died, WHO said.

A 61-year-old man from Qatar with underlying medical conditions fell ill on Nov 4 and was hospitalised on Nov 7 with critical condition.

WHO said a total of 155 confirmed cases of MERS-CoV infection were reported from September 2012 to date.

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