An outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has recently been reported in South Korea and China. Frightening, given that nearly thirty percent of those that contract the virus die and that in this age of air travel, any person – and the viruses he or she is carrying – can move across the world in a matter of hours.
Thousands of people have died from the Ebola outbreak currently spreading through West African nations, making it the largest outbreak of the disease on record, and on September 30, 2014, the CDC announced the first case diagnosed in the United States. With no known cure or vaccine, fears of further spread are escalating across the globe. We sat down with infectious disease expert Dr. Scott Lillibridge to find out more on the deadly disease and risk of its reaching epidemic proportions in the U.S.
A respiratory virus that has sent hundreds of children to hospitals across 12 states is likely to become a nationwide issue, experts say. While the disease hasn’t been officially identified, it’s suspected to be a rare respiratory virus called enterovirus 68.