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Iran announces first Mers death

Published on May 30, 2014 1:40 AM

TEHERAN (AFP) - A woman has died from the Mers coronavirus in Iran's southeastern province of Kerman, the Islamic republic's first victim, media reported Thursday.

The 53-year-old woman was one of two sisters the health ministry said Wednesday had tested positive for the illness.

"Despite all the efforts made by the medical staff, the patient who was infected by the coronavirus passed away," Mohammad Mehdi Gooya, transmissible diseases unit chief, told Fars news agency.

The patient, suffered from high blood pressure and her immune system could not fight the virus, Gooya added.

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