Via The Jordan Times: ‘Fourth MERS death recorded in Jordan’. Excerpt:
Jordan recorded its fourth Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus-related death on Monday, a Health Ministry official said on Tuesday.
Mohammad Abdullat, director of the Health Ministry’s communicable diseases directorate, said the latest fatality was a 56-year-old man who died at the University of Jordan Hospital on the same day he was admitted to the facility.
Abdullat noted that the man, who used to work as a respiratory therapy technician in one of the country’s hospitals, was also diagnosed with pneumonia.
“This is the second coronavirus-related death this year, and the fourth since 2012,” he told The Jordan Times over the phone, adding that the virus might lead to death even among people who do not have other respiratory diseases.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) website, coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause a range of illnesses in humans, from the common cold to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.
Viruses in this family also cause a number of animal diseases.
MERS is a strain of coronavirus that was first identified in 2012 in Saudi Arabia. “Our understanding of the virus and the disease it causes is continuing to evolve,” WHO said.
So far, there is no medication for the virus, Abdullat said, adding that the ministry has informed hospitals across the Kingdom to report any suspected MERS case.
“Since 2012, eight cases of MERS were diagnosed in Jordan and some of them were not Jordanians,” he noted.
Although the highest number of MERS cases was reported in Saudi Arabia, Abdullat said there will be no restrictions for entry on the border between the two countries or any measure to prevent Jordanians from travelling there.
If you count the healthcare workers at Zarqa Hospital who fell ill in April 2012, Jordan had 11 MERS cases before it was even recognized in Saudi Arabia a few months later. The Zarqa nosocomial outbreak was retrospectively identified as MERS, but after the fall of 2012 the virus showed a clear preference for the Arabian Peninsula.