Malaysian Man Becomes First In Asia To Die From Deadly MERS Virus

In Johor, a 54-year-old man died in hospital, making him the first man in Asia die from the deadly viral disease MERS.

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A 54-Year-Old Malaysian Who Went On A Pilgrimage To Saudi Arabia Has Become The First Death In Asia From Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)

A Malaysian man who went on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia has become the first death in Asia from Middle East respiratory syndrome, while the Philippines has isolated a health worker who tested positive for the deadly coronavirus.

On 17 April 2014, It Is Reported That Malaysia Has Quarantined 64 People In His Village After This Man Succumbed To MERS In Johor

Villagers quarantined as first death from Mers virus hits Malaysia.

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Malaysia has quarantined 64 people in a southern village after one of its residents become the country's first person to die of a respiratory illness that is spreading from the Middle East, local media reported today.

He Had Developed A Fever, Cough And Breathing Difficulties Returning From The Haj On 29 March

“Investigations showed that the cause of death is severe pneumonia secondary to MERS-CoV,” Malaysia’s health ministry said in a statement.

Datuk Ayub Rahmat, State Health And Environment Exco, "This Is The First Such Case In Malaysia, And We Take This Matter Seriously"

"That is why we are taking steps to screen the villagers to prevent the virus from spreading," Datuk Ayub Rahmat, state Health and Environment exco, was quoting as saying.

"Mucus Samples Taken From Villagers Will Be Analysed At The Laboratory To See If They Have Indeed Been Infected By The Virus," Said Datuk Ayub Rahmat

“Mucus samples taken from villagers will be analysed at the laboratory to see if they have indeed been infected by the virus,” he said after visiting the screening centre yesterday where about 100 villagers underwent screening.

The centre was set up in the village on Monday.

Ayub said 1,000 residents in the village had undergone screening. He urged friends and family members who visited the deceased’s home or attended his funeral to go for testing as well.

Malaysia's Health Ministry is now contacting passengers onboard the Turkish Airlines flight the victim took on March 29 for health screenings. They are also warning Malaysians to be careful when travelling to the Middle East.

MERS Is Considered A Deadlier But Less Easily Transmitted Cousin Of The SARS Virus That Erupted In Asia In 2003, Killing 774

Saudi medical staff leave the emergency department at a hospital in the centre of the Saudi capital Riyadh on April 8, 2014.

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The Mers outbreak was initially concentrated in the eastern region of Saudi Arabia but has now spread to other areas of the country and abroad. Experts are still struggling to understand Mers, for which there is no known vaccine.

At least 71 people have died from the so-called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, out of more than 200 infections in the worst-hit country, Saudi Arabia.

The Main Symptoms Of MERS Is Such As Fever, Cough, Shortness Of Breath, Breathing Difficulties, Pneumonia, Gastrointestinal Symptoms And Kidney Failure

MERS infographic.

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