Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

First detected in 2012, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome is a deadly respiratory illness and is caused by a coronavirus and hence called MERS-CoV. It has 60% death rate. [Link]

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May 5 – Saudi Arabia: MERS cases reach more than 400, more than 100 dead. [Link]

May 2 – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announce first MERS case in U.S. Patient is a healthcare worker who recently traveled to US via UK from Saudi Arabia. [Link]

Apr 27Arab News reports three special centers to deal with MERS have been set up in Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam. They can accommodate 146 patients in intensive care. Saudi Arabia has 323 confirmed MERS cases; 94 have been fatal. 127 new cases since April 1st, a 65% jump in total infections. [Link]

Apr 24 – Acting MoH Fakeih named Dr. Tariq Ahmed Madani of King Abdulaziz University Hospital as his medical adviser to combat MERS. [Link]

Apr 21 – Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabiah was dismissed as Minister of Health. Labor Minister Adel Fakieh named as interim replacement. Of 243 confirmed MERS-CoV cases, 231 have been in Saudi Arabia. [Link]


Nov 10 – Two new MERS-CoV cases reported in Saudi Arabia which accounts for 52 of 127 deaths worldwide. [Link]

May 30 – 27 of 49 infected patients have died. 18 of those were in Saudi Arabia. [Link]

May 23 – “The WHO recently gave it a more specific name: Middle East respiratory symptom coronavirus, or MERS-CoV.” [Link]

May 17 – The World Health Organization issued a “Global Alert and Response” update on a “novel coronavirus” (nCoV). WHO DG Margaret Chan warned, ““We understand too little about this virus when viewed against the magnitude of its potential threat.. ..Any new disease that is emerging faster than our understanding is never under control.. ..We do not know where the virus hides in nature. We do not know how people are getting infected. Until we answer these question, we are empty-handed when it comes to prevention. These are alarm bells. And we must respond.. ..We need more information, and we need it quickly, urgently.” [Link]

Mar 24 – MoH announces “another” coronavirus infection, a mild case. The patient was treated and released. To date four countries have recorded infections: Saudi Arabia with nine cases and six deaths; Qatar with two cases; Britain with three cases and one death; and Jordan with two fatal cases. [Link]


Sep 23 – Saudi Ministry of Health (MoH) announced a rare pattern of the coronavirus was detected in the Kingdom. Two Saudis and one other Gulf citizen were diagnosed with the virus; two died and the third was receiving treatment. [Link]


Apr 16 – The World Health Organization announced that a new pathogen, a member of the coronavirus family never before seen in humans, is the cause of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) the most well known human coronavirus became an epidemic resulting in over 800 deaths (10% fatality rate). MERS resembles SARS. [Link]

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