News & Perspective

Aug 07, 2019

Aug 07, 2019
Male patient with oxygen mask

MERS analysis highlights concerns over healthcare spread

Middle East healthcare-related outbreaks are occurring more often but are typically small.

May 08, 2015

May 08, 2015
Camels at a racetrack

Iran reports MERS case; camel workers at increased risk

Iran reports its first case since last July as the CDC posts an alert for upcoming travel to Saudi Arabia.

Jun 17, 2014

Jun 17, 2014
Airliner in clouds

WHO panel still sees no MERS emergency

WHO experts stressed the importance of basic infection control measures to prevent the spread of MERS-CoV. 

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.

May 31, 2013

May 31, 2013

Italy resident has MERS after trip to Jordan

(CIDRAP News) – Italy announced its first Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) case today, in a man who recently spent time in Jordan, site of the first known MERS illnesses, according to media reports.

May 29, 2013

May 29, 2013

More MERS-CoV deaths reported as clusters are profiled

(CIDRAP News) – Another Saudi Arabian has been infected with the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), while six others whose illnesses were previously announced have died, Saudi Arabian authorities and the World Health Organization announced today.

May 24, 2013

May 24, 2013

Saudis to send animal samples to US in MERS-CoV probe

(CIDRAP News) – Saudi Arabian officials announced today that they plan to send animal samples to the United States as part of the hunt for the source of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), and also reported that testing of scores of human samples has revealed no new cases in the past 2 days.

May 21, 2013

May 21, 2013

WHO expert concerned guest workers could spread coronavirus

(CIDRAP News) – A World Health Organization (WHO) expert has expressed concern that guest workers in the Middle East could carry the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) to India and the Philippines, according to a media report, while a few more details emerged about three Tunisian cases reported yesterday.

May 20, 2013

May 20, 2013

Coronavirus cases, deaths reported in Tunisia, Saudi Arabia

(CIDRAP News) – A media report today said the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has reached Tunisia, killing one man and infecting two of his relatives, while Saudi Arabia has reported another death and a new case since May 17.

May 13, 2013

May 13, 2013

Evidence for close-contact spread of coronavirus grows

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said the growing number of clusters of novel coronavirus (nCoV) cases offers increasing evidence that the virus can spread between people in close contact, as France confirmed the infection in a patient who shared a hospital room with the country's first case-patient.

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