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 virus is spreading faster than research is being done. Where it came from in nature, how it can be treated effectively… many questions remain unanswered.
What’s slowing things? WHO has been criticized for not helping to coordinate researchers, but there’s a more specific wrench in things: Danish researchers patented the virus early on, hoping to entice Big Pharma to develop a vaccine or other treatment. Although they say they’re allowing anyone working for the public good access to the virus, WHO has condemned the patent.
We know MERS spreads in close proximity, although by air or contaminated object no one has said. MERS symptoms include a cough, fever, and shortness of breath, and quickly worsen, affecting the kidney and leading to death.
We’ll continue to keep an eye on MERS developments for you.
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