A Bangladeshi doctor who was working in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, died of a Middle East respiratory coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection on Jan 15, according to an Arab News report today. The case has not yet been announced by Saudi authorities.
Mohammed Humayun Kabeer, 55, who was working as a surgeon at Prince Salman Hospital, died after 9 days of hospitalization, the story said, citing unnamed hospital personnel as the source of the information.
Kabeer had what was thought to be a cold when he was first hospitalized, but he was later moved to the intensive care unit, the story said. He died of multiple-organ failure caused by MERS-CoV.
The story ends a 2-week lull in reports of MERS-CoV cases; the most recent case was reported on Jan 3 and involved a 33-year-old male healthcare worker in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The story is unusual in that it names the patient, which is rarely if ever done in Saudi media reports on MERS-CoV.
If the new case is confirmed, it will raise Saudi Arabia's MERS-CoV count to 142 cases and 58 deaths. The Saudi Ministry of Health has not announced any new cases since Dec 25. The World Health Organization's (WHO's) global tally, which does not yet include the doctor's case, stands at 178 confirmed cases and 75 deaths.
Arab News has nothing more on the doctor's case, nor do the Bangladeshi media, and the ministry itself remains inscrutably set at 141 cases and 57 deaths. It remains to be seen whether the Koreans are dealing with H5N1 or H5N8.