DUBAI Nov 10 Oman's first MERS coronavirus
patient died in hospital on Sunday from lung failure, state news
agency ONA said.
The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV),
which can cause coughing, fever and pneumonia, emerged in Saudi
Arabia last year and has been reported in Qatar, France,
Germany, Italy, Tunisia and Britain.
ONA quoted the Health Ministry as saying the 68-year-old man,
who was admitted to hospital last month in the oasis town of
Nizwa, southwest of Muscat, had been suffering from diabetes and
high blood pressure, among other complaints.
The English-language Oman Observer said last month the man
had contracted the virus after contact with someone from outside
Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates last week
reported four other people who had been admitted to hospital
with the disease, while Qatar's Supreme Health Council said one
patient had recovered after hospital treatment.
The World Health Organisation said on Nov. 4 it had been
informed of 150 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with
MERS-CoV worldwide, including 64 deaths, since September 2012.
In a study into what kind of animal "reservoir" may be
fuelling the outbreak, scientists said this month they had
found strong evidence it is widespread among dromedary camels in
the Middle East.
(Writing by Sami Aboudi; Editing by Alistair Lyon)