Thursday, August 29, 2013

Progression of MERS Infections and Deaths Over Time (Chart)

For almost a year and a half, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome has been quietly spreading throughout several mid-eastern countries. First reported in early 2012 with the deaths of two Jordanian men and a man from Saudi Arabia, health officials have been tracking this slow moving virus as it gains momentum in the region.

Concerns are high that with millions of pilgrims from over a hundred countries who are expected to visit Saudi Arabia next month, the virus could be carried around the globe, resulting in a pandemic. Saudi Arabia is considered to be the source of the virus, with the vast majority of cases originating there.

This chart shows increases in the confirmed infection and death rates since the outbreak was first identified in early 2012.

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