Monday, June 3, 2013

An Expanding Cluster of MERS-CoV Cases in Italy

As of yesterday, three confirmed cases of MERS-CoV were reported in Italy.[1] Today, another 10+ asymptomatic cases have been reported by the media in Florence.[2-4] It is difficult to draw a conclusion from these media reports. 

Are these individuals actually positive for the MERS-CoV virus?

Is this a local coronavirus variant that is spreading from the initial index case in Italy?  

Does this indicate that MERS-CoV is actually a wide-spread coronavirus, a coronavirus with less virulence than expected?

More questions than answers now until official results are presented.

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