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New MERS death reported in Jordan

Particles of the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus that emerged in 2012 are seen in an undated colorized transmission electron micrograph from the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). REUTERS/National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases/Handout via Reuters

AMMAN: A 69-year-old man has died in Jordan after being infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, a health ministry official said Sunday.

"The man, who suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure, died in hospital Wednesday," Sultan Kasrawi of the ministry's communicable disease department, told AFP. "He died five days after he was admitted to hospital."

Kasrawi said the latest death brings to six the number of fatalities in Jordan from MERS since it first emerged in 2012.

MERS is considered a deadlier but less transmissible cousin of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome virus that appeared in Asia in 2003 and killed hundreds of people, mostly in China.

Like SARS, it appears to cause a lung infection, with patients suffering coughing, breathing difficulties and a temperature. But MERS differs in that it also causes rapid kidney failure.

MERS has killed 187 people in Saudi Arabia since it first emerged in 2012, and hundreds more have been infected.

 

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