The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced plans for an emergency meeting to address growing concerns over the spread of Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). This is only the second time in the 65 year history of the organization that an emergency meeting will have been called, the first taking place in 2009 to discuss the H1NI virus that quickly reached pandemic proportions and caused roughly 17,000 deaths by 2010.
First reported in late September of 2012 from Egyptian virologist Dr. Ali Mohamed Zaki in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, cases of this previously unknown virus have spread throughout the middle east and up through France and the UK. With a current fatality rate of 55% and unknown origin, it’s anyone’s guess what happens next and where we’ll see the virus spread.
Though the World Health Organization says that lessons learned from the SARS outbreak of 2002-2003 may have helped prevent MERS-CoV from becoming…
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