Via The Jordan Times: Authorities on alert as MERS, H1N1 related deaths reported. Excerpt:
The Ministry of Health has raised alert levels across the Kingdom following the death of two Jordanians infected with MERS coronavirus and H1N1, a ministry official said on Saturday.
Bassam Hijjawi, head of the ministry’s primary healthcare directorate, said the coronavirus-related death is the third in the country, as two cases were registered in 2012.
“The case is of a man who already had leukaemia, and he died at the King Hussein Cancer Centre,” Hijjawi told The Jordan Times over the phone, adding that currently, there are no other patients diagnosed with the disease in the country’s hospitals, but “we will stay alert”.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that may cause a range of illnesses in humans, from the common cold to SARS. Viruses of this family also cause a number of animal diseases, according to the World Health Organisation.
The Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) strain has not been previously identified in humans; there is very limited information on transmission, severity and clinical impact, with only a small number of cases reported thus far.
The H1N1-related death, Hijjawi said, involved a man who had heart disease, and his immune system was weak.
The official explained that the ministry conducted tests on those who dealt with the two patients and all results were negative.
Since the beginning of winter, 25 Jordanians have been diagnosed with H1N1 and recovered after receiving the needed medication, he added.
“We call on those who have the symptoms of any of these diseases to go immediately to hospital, especially if they have other chronic diseases,” Hijjawi said.