The death of a 60-year-old Port Said woman is being investigated by health officials to determine if was due to MERS coronavirus. If confirmed, it would be Egypt’s first death from the virus.
Arab News reports, The woman had recently returned from the Islamic Umrah pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, where the MERS coronavirus emerged in 2012, Helmi El-Efni, a Health Ministry official from the city on the Suez Canal, said.
The Ministry of Health says the results should be available very soon. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page.