A new strain of a deadly virus is now becoming a threat to the world population as the death toll rises. The health ministry confirmed Tuesday that the first man who became sick with coronavirus in France while traveling in Saudi Arabia, and died from the illness. The 50-year-old man he infected is in critical condition.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health recently announced the death of another patient with coronavirus infection treated in the Al-Ahsa hospital. The KSAMOH confirmed that this is the 17th death since the outbreak of the virus. The patient who died was suffering from chronic heart condition, hypertension, and diabetes.
The Arab News stated that KSA remained the center for the new strain of the virus, as WHO investigators are trying to gather more clues about how the virus is spread, as well as its origins. The first case of the new respiratory virus infection was reported to have originated from Al-Ahsa hospital, and there were also a few cases in Riyadh and Jeddah. As of September 2012, WHO announced that there have been 41 cases reported, worldwide, and 22 people have already died.
The New Virus Infection Spreads
Coronavirus is a highly contagious disease, as it can pass from person to person. The first reported case was recently discovered in a KSA hospital where workers were infected by the virus while caring for infected patients. According to the KSAMOH, most cases were elderly suffering from multiple chronic conditions. Recently, a 66-year-old Tunisia man died from the new coronavirus. The man was suffering from diabetes and died at the hospital in Monastir City. It was the first reported death that had resulted from the virus infection in that country.
WHO warns that the virus can infect other people who stays in homes and hospital setting. The Tunisian man, who died from coronavirus, infected his two sons, and is under medical observation. Hussein Al Sheikh contracted coronavirus from his father who recently died of an acute respiratory infection. He began to feel extremely sick and had to be hospitalized after his father, Mohammed, died. His brother Abdullah, and his sister are currently undergoing medical observation. Similar cases were discovered in other parts of the world, including France, Germany, UAE, Quatar, Britain, and Jordan.
New Coronavirus discovered
The new coronavirus was discovered in the KSA hospital where the initial case was reported in September 2012. The first patient was a man from Qatar, who traveled to Saudi Arabia and began to feel sick. The new virus is also called by acronym nCoV, but medical journals refer to the virus as MERS or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. It is similar to strains of the common cold and SARS, which has claimed more than 700 lives worldwide. Symptoms include chills, fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The virus can cause mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illness. The World Health Organization, CDC, and Medical researchers all over the world are currently collecting data on the novel coronavirus, which originated in the Arabian Peninsula.
Severe cases are primarily elderly individuals with chronic disorders. WHO is now monitoring and guiding Canadian and American health departments on how to respond to the outbreak. Currently, statistics show that at least 133 million Americans have chronic illnesses and many more elsewhere, according to US Census Bureau. There are no reported cases in the United States, however, should the new coronavirus continues to spread, it is likely to become a threat to the world population, and the consequences could be frightening.
Written by: Janet Grace Ortigas