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MERS, or Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome, a cousin to SARS, has popped up in South Korea. Bad news first: 25 people have been confirmed, with another 5 suspected, of having the virus. Many of those were not quickly diagnosed, and since MERS spreads easily through hospitals (the way many have already been infected) there will […]

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MERS Hits US Soil

May 14, 2014

Vacationing in Florida this summer? You may already be familiar with the Jacksonville area outbreak of tuberculosis. Now, Florida may be dealing with a small MERS outbreak. Healthcare workers were exposed to a patient that was later diagnosed with MERS, and so far 2 have come down with symptoms while another 20 are being tested […]

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When MERS was first discovered two years ago, there were so few cases, and no sign of human transmission, that it quickly fell out of the spotlight. But in the last week alone, over a hundred new cases have appeared. Previous research has indicated that MERS comes from camels—outbreaks were occurring after camel races and […]

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MERS (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome) has the potential to become a global pandemic, warns WHO. Travellers have already brought it to other countries, including France, Germany, and Italy. In Asia, bird flu is also starting to spread, although new cases have slowed until next flu season. In October, pilgrims will travel en masse to the […]

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If you haven’t been too concerned about the SARS-like virus that developed in the middle east and is spreading in Europe, know that WHO is. Now called MERS, the virus, a member of the Coronavirus family like SARS, has killed more than half of those who have tested positive. What’s concerning WHO is that the […]

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