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.

Click here to speed up viewing this map, it will take you to the original Google Map, complete with time line legend.

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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