MERS: Controlling a virus with a 30% fatality rate
The global spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome—better known as MERS—is grabbing international headlines, dominating TV newscasts and capturing a lot of social media chatter.
It's easy to see why. In recent days, as many as 18 countries have reported cases, including the first two cases in the U.S. At least 571 people have contracted the virus, resulting in 171 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. WHO says the spread of MERS has become more urgent and serious.