Sunday, July 7, 2013

Numbers rising for deadly MERS virus, but no pandemic yet

July 07, 2013

A deadly respiratory virus has killed 40 people in the Middle East recently, prompting the World Health Organization to issue a global warning that the disease could cause a pandemic.

An emergency meeting of health experts has been called for next week to discuss MERS and how health officials could best deal with the fatal illness if the numbers were to suddenly grow, according to Reuters.

Health workers around the world have been advised to be on the lookout for symptoms of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus known as MERS. The majority of those affected so far live in or have recently traveled to the Middle East, according to WHO.

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