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Experts Watching MERS Outbreak for Global Menace

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, has killed about a third of the people known to have caught it. There is no treatment and no vaccine. That’s the bad news. The relatively good news is that it does not spread all that well. Most cases so far have been people with other health problems, such as cancer, diabetes or kidney disease, or health care workers who come in close contact with sick patients. The MERS virus first appeared in September 2012. It’s a member of the...

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