The MERS Outbreak: Is The Government Doing Enough?

CBS Philly

The Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization claim they are hard at work to keep a major outbreak known as MERS from reaching the general population.

MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, is a respiratory illness similar to SARS that leads to death in 30 percent of cases, according to the CDC, and after two recent cases appeared in the U.S. there has been concern about future outbreaks of the deadly viral infection.

Normally limited to Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia, the MERS virus has made its way stateside. On May 2, 2014 the first case was confirmed by the CDC, and shortly after a second case occurred on May 11, 2014 at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital in Orlando, Fla. Both patients are doing well, but the CDC is more concerned with tracking around 100 people that may have been exposed to the virus after coming…

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