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MERS Not Yet Cause For Alarm

5.23.14

Peter Gillespie offered insight to the Society For Human Resource Management article entitled “MERS Not Yet Cause For Alarm.”

MERS is caused by a coronavirus (CoV) called MERS-CoV. Most who have MERS-CoV develop severe acute respiratory illness with fever, cough and shortness of breath; about 30 percent of those with MERS have died.

The virus has spread from ill people to others through close contact, such as caring for or living with an infected person.

Although Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) has killed at least 181 in the Arabian Peninsula and now has appeared in the United States, it shouldn’t cause much concern stateside, according to Peter.

On May 20, 2014, he described the risk in the United States as “still minimal,” primarily affecting those working in health care who have been in the Arabian Peninsula. 

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