Insights from the Front Lines of the MERS Outbreak
UPMC Center for Health Security, August 23, 2013
First identified close to a year ago, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has sickened nearly 100 people and killed more than half of those known to have been infected. Concerned about the similarities between MERS and the SARS coronavirus outbreak of 2003, health officials across the world have been following this outbreak closely since September 2012.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has been the epicenter of the global MERS-CoV outbreak, and the man responsible for KSA's response to MERS has been Dr. Ziad Memish, Deputy Minister of Health for Public Health, KSA.
The Center invited Dr. Memish to offer his insights on the MERS outbreak in a meeting hosted on August 21, 2013, in Washington, DC.
Dr. Memish first gave a presentation about the outbreak and response and then joined Center for Health Security Director Dr. Tom Inglesby for a discussion and Q & A session. The video of the meeting can be viewed below.
For more information, see:
Memish ZA, Mishra N, Olival KJ, Fagbo SF, Kapoor V, Epstein JH, AlHakeem R, Asmari MA, Islam A, Kapoor A, Briese T, Daszak P, Al Rabeeah AA, and Lipkin WI. Emerging Infectious Diseases [Internet]. 2013 Nov [August 21, 2013] http://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid1911.131172.
Assiri A, Al-Tawfiq JA, Al-Rabeeah AA, Al-Rabiah FA, Al-Hajjar S, Al-Barrak A, Flemban H, Al-Nassir WN, Balkhy HH, Al-Hakeem RF, Makhdoom HQ, Zumla AI, and Memish ZA. The Lancet Infectious Diseases - 1 September 2013;13 (9):752-761. http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(13)70204-4/fulltext.
Memish ZA, Zumla AI, Al-Hakeem RF, Al-Rabeeah AA, and Stephens GW. New England Journal of Medicine 2013;368:2487-2492. June 27, 2013. http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1303729#t=article.