In September, we posted the first Health Talk piece dedicated to MERS, or what was then described as “a new SARS-like illness that has been confirmed in two people thus far.”
At that time, the message from most experts was simple: we need to know more, and we need to anticipate the next steps of the virus.
Since the first cases of MERS were reported, the virus has sickened 77 people, killing 40 of them according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And many initial questions have been answered, such as how the virus spreads.
But one question remains: where did MERS come from?
Yesterday, New York Times writer Denise Grady published a story that highlighted the search for the origin of MERS. It’s an interesting read and does a good job of profiling the unique challenges of diseases that originate in animals before making the “jump” to humans.