— “The MERS coronavirus is a threat to the entire world.”
- Margaret Chan, M. D., Dir.-Gen., W.H.O., May 28, 2013
— “This is the first time health care workers have been diagnosed with MERS infection after exposure to patients.”
- World Health Organization, May 15, 2013
— “Of most concern is the fact that the different clusters of MERS seen in multiple countries increasingly supports the hypothesis that when there is close human contact, this MERS coronavirus can transmit from person to person.”
- Keiji Fukuda, Asst. Dir.-General, W.H.O.May 31, 2013 Chicago, Illinois - Last week the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) reported that a nurse and two health care workers in Saudi Arabia were infected after treating patients with MERS, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, a name suggested in the May 15, 2013, Journal of Virology by a Coronavirus Study Group. A WHO spokesperson told reporters on May 15th, “This is the first time health care workers have been diagnosed with MERS infection after exposure to patients.”
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