There have been no viral gene or genome sequences from 2016 arriving on the interwebs yet, so we are left with a few of the old questions…again is this all normal or is something different this time around? has this season’s MERS-CoV undergone a significant genetic change(s), affecting stability, tropism or transmission? has infection control and prevention slipped again? is there more contact with infected camels this year? are increased camel descriptions an indication of better surveillance and questioning about camel contact? Time to start watching and plotting MERS-CoV again.