Filipino Health Worker Dies Of MERS In UAE; Five Others Infected

News outlets report on the death of a health worker from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the United Arab Emirates. Yemen also reports its first case of MERS.

Agence France-Presse: Filipino paramedic dies of MERS in UAE
“The United Arab Emirates announced Friday that one of six Filipino paramedics in the UAE who have been infected by the MERS coronavirus has died from the respiratory disease. The announcement comes just days after a 24-hour shutdown of the emergency department at a major hospital in Saudi Arabia, where most cases have been reported, amid fears of a spread of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome among medical staff…” (4/11).

Associated Press: UAE: Paramedic dies from MERS, others infected
“A paramedic in the United Arab Emirates has died after contracting Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and five others have tested positive for the virus, the Gulf nation’s interior ministry said Friday…” (Schreck, 4/11).

Reuters: One foreign health worker dies, five infected with MERS in UAE: agency
“One expatriate health worker has died from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and five others have been infected with the disease in the United Arab Emirates, state news agency WAM reported on Friday…” (Aboudi, 4/11).

Reuters: Yemen reports first case of deadly MERS coronavirus
“Yemen reported its first case of the deadly MERS coronavirus on Sunday in a further spread of the deadly strain in the Middle East two years after its outbreak in neighboring Saudi Arabia…” (Ghobari, 4/13).

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