As of yesterday, three confirmed cases of MERS-CoV were reported in Italy. 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.
 http://www.giornalettismo.com/archives/964227/coronavirus-dieci-casi-positivi-di-nuova-sars-in-italia/ h/t tetano
 http://www.lastampa.it/2013/06/03/italia/cronache/nuova-sars-una-decina-di-pazienti-positivi-ai-controlli-ma-senza-sintomi-urVEjt40bOnIcV5Rn3BBNP/pagina.html h/t Giuseppe