Man Dies of MERS in London Hospital

July 4, 2013

MERS Cases & Deaths, April 2012 - Present.  Source, CDC, http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/mers/index.html.

According to The Independent, a UK news source, a 49 year-old patient has died from the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-nCV) at a central London hospital.

The patient, who was being treated at St. Thomas’ Hospital, had acute respiratory syndrome and kidney failure. Before becoming ill with the virus, the man had travelled to Saudi Arabia, according to the article.

A hospital spokeswoman said: “Guy’s and St Thomas’ can confirm that the patient with severe respiratory illness due to novel coronavirus (MERS-nCV) sadly died on Friday 28 June, after his condition deteriorated despite every effort and full supportive treatment.”

According to the CDC, all MERS cases have been linked to four countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula.  So far, there have been no cases in the United States.

Photo: CDC, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)

The CDC provides extensive current information about the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).  According to the CDC, MERS is a “viral respiratory illness first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012.”  It is caused by a coronavirus formally known as MERS-CoV.  Patients with confirmed cases of MERS-CoV have developed severe acute respiratory illness.  They have experienced a fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Approximately half of the patients have died.

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