Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) Outbreaks

This documentary, in the form of a Google Map, traces the spread of the SARS-like Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreaks that have been making the news lately. Unlike most of the MERS-CoV maps found online, this map has the actual cities where the outbreaks occurred as indicated in the linked news reports. I did so in order to help resolve all the confusion with the 2003 SARS outbreak because the media is confusing everyone by referring to it as a SARS-like coronaviruse because it is most similar to coronaviruses found in bats. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control, MERS is not SARS. However, it can be spread person-to-person and can be just as deadly.

June 2012 = Jeddah, Saudi Arabia


"The first reported case was in a 60-year old Saudi man. He was admitted to hospital in the port city of Jeddah on 13th June 2012 with a 7-day history of fever, cough and shortness of breath. He died 11-days later of progressive respiratory and renal failure [2]. Laboratory investigations for common causes of respiratory illness, including influenza, parainfluenza, adenovirus and respiratory syncytial virus were all negative [2]."

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