In early March we learned of an 65-year-old male German citizen who returned home on 8 February from a trip to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He developed symptoms of MERS on February 10th and was hospitalized 7 days later (see Germany Reports Imported MERS Case - ex UAE).
On March 9th the WHO reported the patient to be in severe but stable condition.
As we’ve seen previously, while some people experience only mild or moderate symptoms and recover relatively quickly – others (often those with co-morbidities) are harder hit and either succumb, or only recover after a long illness. It hasn’t been unusual to see patients hospitalized for weeks or even months.
This morning we learn via numerous media reports that while this patient had substantially recovered from the initial MERS infection, he died of complications 10 days ago in a German clinic .
The 65-year-old man contracted the disease in the U.A.E. in February
By Harriet Torry
June 16, 2015 7:08 a.m. ET
BERLIN—A 65-year-old man has died in Germany of complications from Middle East respiratory syndrome, Lower Saxony’s health ministry said.
The man contracted the disease in the United Arab Emirates in February and initially overcame the MERS infection at a hospital in Osnabrück, but he died in a separate clinic on June 6 from a resulting lung infection, the ministry said.
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