South Korea is the first country I have seen that has jumped three colour levels between updates. No mean feat.
So we have 25 countries that have hosted a MERS-CoV infected person, and 13 of those have gone on to have local transmission - new cases from that case on their soil.
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Remember Saudi Arabia? That's where over 80% of all MERS-CoV cases have originated. That percentage has dropped a little of late thanks to the clusters in South Korea. Given the amazingly, incredibly, ultra-tiny (yes, that small) number of cases that have reportedly arisen during Umrah or Hajj (Septembee 21-26 in 2015) in previous years, there is absolutely no reason to think 2015 will differ. Even if there have been recent cases in Makkah province. And a hospital cluster in Ash Sharqiyah (eastern province).
Clearly, MERS-CoV is not easy to catch even when so many different people, so many different states of underlying chronic disease, immune compromise, pre-existing infection, height, weight, age all come into contact within the zone of hotness that is Saudi Arabia.
Which leaves me with one comment after a large batch of 23 cases was announced this morning - bringing the total to 87 from South Korea....look to the infection control South Korea!