MERS on a Deadly-Epic Rise

The Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is an emerging disease prevalent in the Eastern province of Middle East. The disease was first reported in September 2012 and it has a high mortality rate (CDC, 2013b). Infected individuals suffer from acute respiratory disorder, fever, gastrointestinal symptoms and heavy cough (CDC, 2013b). In some cases, the disease is asymptomatic; thus individual infected with this disease will not seek any medical intervention and can transmit the disease without knowing (CDC, 2013a). Gierer et al. (2013) study was designed to assess the seroprevalence and host cell entry mechanism via spike protein of MERS-CoV within two sample size population in the Eastern province of Saudi Arabia (Gierer., et al., 2013).  See the full review under Emergeing Infectious Disease review posted on 10/2/13. Reference CNN. (2014). MERS cases spike to 339 in Saudi Arabia. Retrieved from /04/27/health/saudi-arabia-mers-coronavirus/

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