A year ago we had 138 cases and 58 deaths. Today we have 856 cases with perhaps 306 fatal (36%).
I won't rehash what I said a year ago - I invite you to check that out over at the 1st birthday post.
Suffice to say the past year has been, to my mind anyway, mostly about:
- High level job "shuffling"
- Controversial parallel publications
- Very problematic infection prevention and control issues.
Has MERS-CoV gone away? No. Of course it hasn't. MERS has, mostly. That's the disease, not the virus. For now anyway MERS cases are sporadic, although still geographically widespread.
MERS cases fell to zero cases per week for a number of weeks this year following containment of the Jeddah-2014 outbreak. Nonetheless, this is a virus of camels that seems to spread, rarely, to humans and when in us, it has not been in any rush to mutate into the pandemic SARS-like threat many once worried about.
Camels are where this virus likely remains. And there have been no signs that that has in any way changed. The latest information suggests camels have been harbouring MERS-CoV for at least 30-years. This, as with a great deal of the research to date, is knowledge gained mostly thanks to the efforts of international research teams and their funding
So Happy 2nd Birthday you opportunistic, spiky little killer. I'm once again wishing Dr Zaki well and congratulating him on co-parenting the birth of this novel coronavirus. This year I also wish Prof. Ziad Memish well and congratulate him on seeing the infant virus through to toddler age.
Oh, and 2-years on, I still see no sign that the contentious patenting issues were any sort of hindrance to diagnostics or actual research. Just sayin'.
- Happy 1st birthday Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)http://virologydownunder.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/happy-1st-birthday-middle-east.html
- MERS Coronavirus Neutralizing Antibodies in Camels, Eastern Africa, 1983–1997