Osnabrück - A 65-year-old man from the Minden-Lübbecke district died as result of his MERS disease. The Niels-Stensen clinics announced on Tuesday that he succumbed to secondary illness in hospital in Ostercappeln, Lower Saxony, on the night of June 6th, which can be traced back to the coronavirus. According to dpa information, an organ failure led to the death of the man. He was infected with the deadly pathogen in February while on vacation in the United Arab Emirates.
The death of the man came as surprise to the doctors. After he had overcome the MERS disease, he was transferred from the isolation ward of the Marienhospital Osnabrück to the hospital in Ostercappeln in mid-May. "We very much regret the death of this patient, our condolences go to the relatives who had hoped for an improvement in their state of health and are now having to cope with this severe loss," said Lower Saxony's Minister of Social Affairs and Health, Cornelia Rundt (SPD).
The cause of the man's disease is not entirely clear It is possible that he contracted the virus during his trip to an animal market. Dromedaries and camels are considered to be carriers of the disease. So far, there are no indications that the man himself infected other people. More than 200 people who had contact with the 65-year-old during his illness had tested negative. According to the current state of knowledge, transmission from person to person is rare.
The man is the third person to live in Germany was treated for an MERS infection. It was the first documented case in Lower Saxony. A 73-year-old MERS patient from the United Arab Emirates died in Munich in March 2013. Another patient treated in Essen survived the disease.
Saudi Arabia is the strongest of MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) affected country. Travelers also brought the pathogen to the United States and European countries such as France, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria and Turkey. . MERS is one of the corona viruses, which also includes the Sars pathogen and many cold viruses. The virus can cause severe respiratory infections, pneumonia and kidney failure.
The MERS virus is currently also rampant in South Korea. The largest outbreak outside the Arabian Peninsula has so far affected 154 people, and the authorities have recorded 19 deaths so far. In addition, more than 5,500 people who could have become infected are in isolation wards or at home under quarantine.