07/26/2013

MERS Virus Update

9:33 minutes

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is an illness caused by a newly discovered virus in the same family as SARS. Most of the documented cases have come from Saudi Arabia, which has seen a 54 percent mortality rate in those patients. Martin Cetron, director of the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, discusses the emerging virus.

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Martin Cetron

Martin Cetron is director of the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.

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