MERS in America: Importation ≠ Secondary Transmission

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Since MERS landed in the United States, there have been a lot of questions about what the disease exactly is and whether or not it’s dangerous. In short, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome is an infectious disease that exhibits high case fatality rates; seems to prefer individuals with pre-existing conditions; and most likely finds its origins in camels. But today, I want to talk about how likely it is that we’ll be facing an outbreak here in the US anytime soon.

The answer? Most likely no.

This is not the first time MERS has hitched a ride on a plane and found itself far from home. We’ve seen imported cases pop up in the UK, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, and several others. If you’re curious about the exact numbers, click through the map below to an interactive visualization of MERS around the world:
MERS Around the World82% of cases that have occurred since…

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