Center of Excellence for Zoonotic and Animal Diseases (USA) CEEZAD One Health Bulletin #2: The Puzzle of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) January 31, 2014 February 13, 2014 “The first known case of MERS-CoV in a human occurred in Jordan in April 2012, although the new virus was not confirmed by laboratory analysis until some months later, as further cases occurred in Saudi Arabia. To date, there have been 182 laboratory-confirmed cases of human infections with 78 deaths; and it is clear that this virus is now a significant threat to both people and animals throughout the Middle East, especially in Saudi Arabia, where 144 people have been infected and 59 have died. Infection occurs especially among men older than 45 who already have underlying chronic disease. Furthermore, there have been small healthcare-associated clusters, which indicate that human-to-human transmission can occur with unprotected exposure. Whether the virus can attain self-sustained transmission is not yet known, nor is the original source. …” Read entire article at www.ceezad.org/resources/index.html Provided by: Robert E. Kahn, PhD Educational Consultant Dr. Kahn is a longstanding One Health Supporter http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/supporters.php.