First Victim In Asia To Succumb To MERS

A man Batu Pahat, Johor is the first victim who died because of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Asia.

He passed away on April 13, 2014 after being admitted to the Hospital Sultanah Nora Ismail for three days, following complaints of fever, cough and breathing difficulties.

He developed respiratory complications after returning from Mecca on March 29, 2014.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam urged passengers onboard the Turkish Airlines flights TK93 and TK60 on the Jeddah-Istanbul-Kuala Lumpur route on March 29, 2014 to contact the Health Ministry for a health screening.

MERS-CoV was first detected in the Middle East in 2012, but researchers have yet to determine its cause.

238 cases of the disease had been recorded by the World Health Organization and 92 deaths related to the MERS-CoV globally to date.

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