SARS-like virus victim dies in Tunisia

Africa
A Saudi health ministry official visits patients infected with a new SARS-like virus at a hospital in the eastern Saudi province of al-Ahsaa Picture: AFP PHOTO/STR

TUNIS - A man travelling from Saudi Arabia who was infected with the SARS-like coronavirus has died in Tunisia, the health authorities said on Tuesday.

"It is the first case in Tunisia, and he died on May 10," Noureddine Achour, director of the National Observatory for New and Emerging Diseases, said.

"Two members of his family also contracted the virus but they are doing well after receiving treatment," he added.

The World Health Organization is still gathering information to be able to draw conclusions on how the deadly coronavirus is transmitted.

It has been deadliest in Saudi Arabia, where it has so far killed 16 people, but cases have also been reported in Jordan, Qatar, Germany, Britain and France.

The virus is a cousin of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which triggered a scare 10 years ago when it erupted in east Asia, leaping to humans from animal hosts and eventually killing some 800 people.

Since last September, the WHO says it has been informed of a global total of around 40 laboratory confirmed cases of the virus, including 20 deaths.

-Sapa

COMMENTS

     

LATEST STORIES

Australia's ACT Brumbies and Waikato Chiefs trail the Sharks by six points after eight rounds of the Super Rugby championship.
Ernie Els hopes to get his season going at this week's PGA Zurich Classic after missing the cut at the Masters and struggling last week at the Heritage.
Mamelodi Sundowns moved a step closer to claiming the Premiership title as Kaizer Chiefs were held to a goalless draw against Bidvest Wits in Johannesburg on Wednesday evening.

TOP STORIES view all

Private detectives investigating the murder of Anene Booysen say there's more to the crime than meets the eye.
As SA celebrates 20 years of democracy, many communities countrywide are still without proper sanitation, access to water or a decent place to live.
The body of a high school student who made the first distress call from a sinking South Korean ferry was recovered from the submerged vessel on Thursday.

NEWS STREAMcloseview all

This is the overlay

eNCA Subscriptions

Close