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Hospitals on Watch for MERS, Plan for Emergencies

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, has infected more than 500 people since it was first identified in 2012.  About 30 percent of those who contract it die. The steep increase in the number of cases in recent months, and the fact that people in Asia, Europe and North America have come down with the virus, have raised concern that the situation may worsen.   The last pandemic occurred in 2009, with the H1N1 influenza virus. The World Health Organization says MERS is a long...

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