RIYADH: Rodolfo C. Estimo Jr. | Arab News Staff
Published — Friday 7 June 2013
Last update 7 June 2013 4:02 am
The Health Ministry yesterday announced the death of an 81-year-old Saudi woman due to MERS, a SARS-like virus, at a hospital in Al-Ahsa in the Eastern Province.
“She was admitted in the second week of May. It was there where she tested positive for MERS, or Middle East Respitory Syndrome Coronavirus,” a source told Arab News. “She did not want to be admitted because the hospital has been known for admitting patients positive for coronavirus.”
The source added that the victim had earlier consulted another hospital in Al-Ahsa on May 15 because she was suffering from fever and cough.
The ministry said the latest death brings the death toll in the Kingdom to 25. It added that 40 people are suffering from the disease in the Kingdom.