About Careers MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

MERS Claims Life of a Foreigner in Saudi Arabia

by Dr. Enozia Vakil on April 16, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Font : A-A+

 MERS Claims Life of a Foreigner in Saudi Arabia

The authorities of health ministry of Saudi Arabia have sought to calm fears over the spreading respiratory illness after a foreigner died from MERS.

The death of the 70-year-old man brought the toll of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in the most-affected country to 69 fatalities. Four new cases of infection were registered, bringing the kingdom's total to 194, the ministry said.

Advertisement

It did not disclose the man's nationality.

Last week panic over the spread of MERS among medical staff in Jeddah had caused a temporary closure of an emergency room at a main hospital, prompting a visit by Health Minister Abdullah al-Rabiah aimed at reassuring an anxious public.
Advertisement

Rabiah briefed the council of ministers on Monday following his visit to hospitals in Jeddah over the weekend.

"The situation concerning the coronavirus is reassuring," the council said in a statement following its meeting.

The virus was initially concentrated in the eastern region but has now spread across other areas.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said Friday that it had been told of 212 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS infection worldwide, of which 88 have proved fatal.

The MERS virus is considered a deadlier but less-transmissible cousin of the SARS virus that erupted in Asia in 2003 and infected 8,273 people, nine percent of whom died.

Experts are still struggling to understand MERS, for which there is no known vaccine.

A recent study said the virus has been "extraordinarily common" in camels for at least 20 years, and may have been passed directly from the animals to humans.

Source: AFP
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
Test Your Knowledge on Kidney
World Disability Day 2022 - The Role of Innovative Transformation
Diet and Oral Health: The Sugary Connection May Become Sour
View all
Recommended Reading
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome 

Most Popular on Medindia

Drug Interaction Checker Find a Hospital Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine) Blood - Sugar Chart Daily Calorie Requirements Find a Doctor Color Blindness Calculator A-Z Drug Brands in India Calculate Ideal Weight for Infants How to Reduce School Bag Weight - Simple Tips
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close
×

MERS Claims Life of a Foreigner in Saudi Arabia Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests