Man dies of complications stemming from MERS in Germany

Man dies due to MERS infection in Germany, people who contacted with him tested

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The Health Ministry of the German state of Lower Saxony said on Tuesday that a 65-year-old man who was infected Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) died of an acute lung ailment which emerged as a complication of the initial infection.

The Health Ministry released a statement saying that the victim get infected during his visit to  the United Arab Emirates in February. After he returned to Germany, he went to hospital  in Ostercappeln, north-west Germany due to the MERS-related complications.

Hospital personnel told that after the diagnosis the man was sent to the Osnabruck infection clinic in Lower Saxony, but he was too late to come to hospital for treatment.

Die Welt newspaper reported that up to 200 people whom the victim contacted tested for MERS. According to Die Welt, the tests came negative.

While South Korea has been facing with the MERS outbreak, the first MERS case in Europe was seen on Saturday in Slovakia in a South Korean man. Right after the 38-year-old man tested positive for MERS, he was taken to quarantine in a hospital in the capital city of Bratislava.

South Korean government announced on Monday that 19 people died, 150 people has been infected and nearly 5,500 people have been quarantined from MERS since May 20.

South Korean MERS outbreak started through a businessman who was infected during his trip to the Middle East.  

Local health authorities said last week that 75 people had been in quarantine because of having close contact with a man that has contracted Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) have been released in China’s southern province of Guangdong.

Recently, the Word Health Organization (WHO) announced that MERS outbreak is "large and complex" and more cases should be expected.

The disease was first identified in humans in 2012 in Saudi Arabia and is similar to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) which left more than 800 people dead and infected about 8,000 people worldwide between 2002 and 2003.

MERS does not spread from human to human easily but its fatality rate is much higher than SARS, according to WHO figures. The MERS virus has so far caused the deaths of more than 446 people.

There is not any vaccine or cure for MERS. Symptoms such as fever, coughing and shortness of breath, pneumonia or kidney failure can be seen as symptoms of MERS.

TRTWorld and agencies