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Anatomy of the South Korean MERS outbreak

Most victims got infected by several 'superspreaders'

3:00pm, December 22, 2015
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In 2015, South Korea experienced an outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS. Between May and July, 186 people contracted the MERS virus; 38 eventually died. This diagram shows how quickly the pathogen spread within and between hospitals via a handful of “superspreaders.” 

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Credits: T.H. Saey, Maimuna Majumder, S. Egts

Sources:, World Health Organization, South Korean Ministry of Health, ProMED-Mail

Further Reading

N. Seppa. Experimental MERS vaccine shows promise. Science News Online, August 19, 2015.

T.H. Saey. Deadly MERS spreads in small cluster in South Korea. Science News Online, June 3, 2015.

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