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Vigilant Monitoring, Especially In Hospitals, Crucial To Stopping Spread Of MERS

New York Times: Coping With Outbreaks of MERS
Editorial Board

“…Officials at the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have expressed confidence that the disease is not yet a global emergency. But a series of medical errors in South Korea shows what can happen to any country that lets its guard down. All of the South Korean MERS cases so far involved people who were infected in hospitals, either as patients and staff members or as visitors who often shared a room with infected patients. … Fortunately, there has not been a surge in new cases, but vigilant monitoring will be crucial. In the meantime, hospital systems, the main culprits in spreading the disease in many countries, need to beef up their ability to identify and isolate cases and contacts” (6/20).