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Taking stock of the first 133 MERS coronavirus cases globally--Is the epidemic changing?



Taking stock of the first 133 MERS coronavirus cases globally--Is the epidemic changing?



Euro Surveillance 18(39):



Since June 2012, 133 Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) cases have been identified in nine countries. Two time periods in 2013 were compared to identify changes in the epidemiology. The case-fatality risk (CFR) is 45% and is decreasing. Men have a higher CFR (52%) and are over-represented among cases. Thirteen out of 14 known primary cases died. The sex-ratio is more balanced in the latter period. Nosocomial transmission was implied in 26% of the cases.

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