The Nation's Health AugustNote: This article appeared in the August 2015 edition of The Nation’s Health, APHA’s newspaper.


Their regions do not share the same borders or languages, but the Arabian Peninsula and the Republic of Korea do have one thing in common: a coronavirus outbreak.

As of May, the Republic of Korea has been dealing with an outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome, a potentially fatal viral respiratory disease caused by a coronavirus. More than 180 people had been infected and 33 people had died as of July 6 from the South Korea outbreak — the largest one outside of the Arabian Peninsula. MERS was first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012.

MERS is not the global public health community’s first go-round with a dangerous coronavirus.

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