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  • Guarding against MERS
    Expert talks about MERS and the Korean outbreak
    The Examiner spoke with Dr. Peter Hotez, Director of the Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development and Founding Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, on June 19 about Middle East...
  • Arriving in Korea
    Concerns for Americans in Korea amid MERS outbreak
    Both the United States Embassy and U.S. Forces Korea continue to express concern regarding the outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the Republic of Korea. There are about 28,000 U.S. troops stationed in that nation, and a large...
  • MERS in Seoul, South Korea
    CDC warns doctors to screen patients for MERS virus
    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday asked healthcare officials to remain extra vigilant when examining patients exhibiting symptoms associated with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) including severe respiratory...
  • Waiting for a hospital bed
    CDC warns about South Korean MERS outbreak
    The number of cases of MERS in South Korea has increased to 126, Reuters reported today. There have been ten related deaths. All of the fatal illnesses are believed to have been in patients with preexisting medical problems. A small number of...
  • Doctor
    MERS prompts cruise line to nix South Korea port calls
    MERS, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, has prompted cruise line Royal Caribbean International to cancel port calls in South Korea.In a statement reported on cruisehive.com, Cynthia Martinez, director, global corporate communications, explains: ...
  • Taking precautions against MERS
    Two more MERS deaths in South Korea
    More patients in South Korea have become infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, MERS, virus. Reuters reported today that the latest announcement from the government adds 13 more patients and 2 deaths to the toll taken by the outbreak....
  • MERS hits S. Korea hard, making it the 2nd most affected country in world
    MERS hits S. Korea hard, making it the 2nd most affected country in world
    After only 3-weeks, South Korea has not become the 2nd most country affected by MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) following Saudi Arabia (which has been battling the infectious virus for the past 3-years). With a reported 87 cases, including...
  • Avoiding MERS
    MERS stalks Korean hospital hallways
    The outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) continues to grow in South Korea, with the New York Time reporting a total of 64 cases and five deaths in a June 6 article. The South Korean government has announced the names...
  • Fears over MERS outbreak in South Korea
    Three dead, 36 infected as South Korean MERS outbreak continues
    A third patient in South Korea has died from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, MERS, and thousands are under quarantine according to an article in today's New York Times. Over 1,100 schools have closed. The total number of patients who have...
  • Precautions against MERS in South Korea
    MERS kills two in South Korea and 30 people infected
    Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has claimed its first two lives in South Korea, Reuters reported today. Over 700 people are believed to be quarantined due to their exposure to infected patients. Many of the illnesses have been contracted...
  • Camels
    MERS strikes South Korea and China
    Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has not disappeared, despite the reduction in media reporting on the disease. The latest outbreaks are in South Korea and China, according to NPR on May 30, and resulted from a patient who contracted the...
  • Dromedary camels on the move
    MERS is still a threat
    The World Health Organization has issued a June 11 report on the cases of MERS, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, which were diagnosed in Iran. It also includes confirmed worldwide totals for illnesses. The WHO states that it has records for 683...
  • MERS in Saudi Arabia
    Shock at discovery of new MERS cases in Saudi Arabia
    The number of cases of illness caused by MERS Co-V in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia went up 20 percent June 3 with the surprise announcement by the Saudis that 113 cases had been discovered following a review of records. The Health Ministry, with...
  • TSA airport warning about MERS
    CDC retracts MERS diagnosis in Illinois case
    The Centers for Disease Control, on May 28, reversed a previous diagnosis from May 17 that MERS had been transmitted from a patient in Indiana to a business associate in Illinois. While initial blood tests suggested that the Illinois man had...
  • MERS virus may transfer from domestic animals to people
    Scientists to study dogs, cats, to unravel MERS mystery
    Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) was first discovered in 2012, and has killed roughly 200 people since its discovery. Two cases have been found in the U.S. Now, according to a May 26, 2014 article on BBC, scientists are attempting to...
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