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News Outlets Report On Possible Source Of, Response To MERS In Saudi Arabia

News outlets report on the possible sources of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus and Saudi Arabia’s response to the outbreak.

New York Times: Flawed Saudi Response Fueled Outbreak of MERS, Middle East Virus
“…Saudi officials know how urgently they need to beat the disease, and they say they now have the latest outbreak under control. But the fact that the number of cases and deaths have more than tripled since the end of 2013 has led health experts to cite grave flaws in the way this ultraconservative and staunchly private monarchy has handled the crisis…” (Hubbard/McNeil, 6/29).

Reuters: Exclusive: In virus hunt, Saudi Arabia suspects African camel imports
“Saudi Arabia suspects a virus that has killed hundreds of people there may have arrived in camels from the Horn of Africa, and could ban such imports until it knows more, the kingdom’s chief scientist told Reuters…” (Kelland, 6/27).

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