Lessons to be learned from the MERS outbreak


Malaysian health officials inspecting villagers who had contact with a man who died from MERS disease in Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome fades away

DUBAI, 27 August 2014 (IRIN) - Only a few months ago, the threat from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in large parts of the Gulf region appeared to be growing. Dozens of new cases were being reported every month and a key panel set up by the World Health Organization (WHO) advised that the “situation had increased in terms of its seriousness and urgency.” 

Yet in recent weeks that threat has seemingly fallen away - with only two new cases in the last six weeks in Saudi ...

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