MERS makes it to the U.S.
This month, two cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) were reported in the U.S. This acute respiratory disease, caused by virus, was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Since then, the MERS virus has further spread to other countries, including several European nations. Human-to-human transmission is rare, unlike the flu viruses. More information is available from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.