Saudi capital Foreigner dies of MERS Virus
A foreigner has died after she contracted MERS in the Saudi capital, the health ministry said on announced Friday, bringing the nationwide death toll to 73.
The 55-year-old woman, whose nationality was not disclosed, was suffering from chronic illnesses, a statement said.
The health ministry said five other people living in Riyadh were infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, two of them foreigners.
Late on Thursday, the ministry reported the death of a 70-year-old Saudi woman in the western city of Jeddah where the virus has spread in recent weeks.
It reported six other infections in Jeddah, among them an expat “health worker,” bringing to 218 the number of MERS infections in the worst-hit country.
Panic over the spread of MERS among medical staff in Jeddah this month forced the temporary closure of an emergency room at a major hospital, prompting Health Minister Abdullah al-Rabiah to visit the facility in a bid to calm the public.
Local media reported Wednesday at least four doctors at Jeddah’s King Fahd hospital have resigned after refusing to treat patients affected by MERS, apparently out of fear of catching the virus.