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The MERS virus, which causes a serious, sometimes fatal influenza-like illness, got on an airplane in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, arrived at London Heathrow 7 hours later and then flew on to Chicago.
Total duration: less than 20 hours.
Reporting by LAUREN F FRIEDMAN MAY 16, 2014, for Business Insider
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), an often deadly respiratory illness, first emerged in humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012. (Scientists believe it jumped from camels.)
But since March 2014, there’s been a sharp rise in the number of cases, including
twothree recently diagnosed MERS patients in the United States.
What has people worried is that there have been more deaths in a single month than in the previous two years combined.
The virus has no vaccine or cure. And, perhaps most worrying, no one is certain how people become infected with MERS.
There have been a minimum of 536 MERS cases and 145 deaths. That doesn’t seem like a lot, but the vast majority have been reported since April:
The numbers reported on the more frequently updated MERS Corona Map are 594 infections and 178 deaths, though not all of those have been confirmed by international health organizations.