Thursday, November 14, 2013

VDU Blog: The book of MERS has several chapters yet to write

November 14, 2013
From Virology Down Under Blog

The hallmark of, and big problem with, the MERS outbreak (an epidemic mostly for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia [KSA]), is that testing has been LIMITED to those who have pneumonia, or another severe disease, and their close contacts. Back in August Memish noted that surveillance was focused on those with pneumonia which was again noted by a WHO representative yesterday.

Why, why oh why not test more people? Why?! Is it because "it's too costly to prospectively test people by RT-PCR unless they are (very) ill"? It might be for some nations, but the KSA is not one of those.

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