November 11, 2013
Muscat: The Ministry of Health has announced the first death in Oman on account of the Middle East Respiratory account of Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).
A 68-year-old Omani citizen suffering from several chronic diseases including diabetes, blood pressure and heart failure, died at a hospital in Nizwa on Saturday morning. His health had also deteriorated due to lung failure.
"The person had no history of travel but was in contact with his two sons-in-law who had returned from Haj. On October 29, he was suspected of suffering from viral pneumonia and tested positive for MERS-CoV," a senior official at the health ministry said.
Meanwhile, the tests carried out on all those who had contacted the victim showed negative results.
The Ministry of Health said it has taken all precautionary measures in accordance with the recommendations and standards of the World Health Organisation (WHO), including the epidemiological investigation of contacts.
Also, as part of the screening effort, authorities are working to track down healthcare workers who may have first attended to the 68-year-old patient at a local health centre before he was transferred to the Nizwa Hospital.
The objective, according to the officials, was to make sure that none of these contacts have been exposed to the deadly virus.