News & Perspective

Apr 30, 2014

Apr 30, 2014
Graph showing surge

MERS surge continues; April cases top past 2 years' total

The April MERS surge continued, with 16 more cases reported in Saudi Arabia.

Apr 29, 2014

Apr 29, 2014
Baby camel

Study: MERS-CoV from Saudi camels matches human isolates

The results further augment the evidence that camels are a source of human infections.

Apr 29, 2014
Mecca Gate in Jeddah

Saudi MERS count grows by 6 as WHO experts arrive

The Saudi count grows to 345, including 105 deaths, as a local medical conference is shelved.

Apr 28, 2014

Apr 28, 2014
King Abdullah Medical Complex in Jeddah

MERS cases keep rising, but no change in virus seen

Saudi Arabia reported 26 cases and Egypt its first, but new sequencing findings showed no major mutations.

Apr 28, 2014

Two MERS antibody studies may help quest for treatment

Two research teams say they have identified antibodies against the novel virus.

Apr 25, 2014

Apr 25, 2014
Micrograph of MERS virus

21 MERS cases cited in Mideast; ECDC expects more in Europe

Some have theorized about changes in the virus, but preliminary data show no mutations so far.

Apr 24, 2014

Apr 24, 2014
King Fahd Hospital

WHO sees 'slightly more' MERS spread as 12 new cases cited

As the WHO suggests a slight change in spread, the ECDC calls for higher concern.

Apr 24, 2014

News Scan for Apr 24, 2014

MERS in Omani camels
New H7N9 cases
Effect of kids' vaccines
Frozen donor stool for C diff
Polio surveillance

Apr 23, 2014

Apr 23, 2014
Desert bloom

Gush of MERS cases sparks speculation about causes

Experts say possibilities include a change in the virus and a seasonal pattern to transmission.

Apr 23, 2014
Mecca sunrise

WHO office sounds alarm as MERS cases push higher

The WHO offered investigation help, with 33 more infections reported in Saudi Arabia and UAE.


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