Insights from the Front Lines of the Middle East
Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) Outbreak,
with Drs. Ziad Memish and Tom Inglesby
August 21, 2013
First identified close to a year ago, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has sickened nearly 100 people and killed more than half of those known to have been infected. Concerned about the similarities between MERS and the SARS coronavirus outbreak of 2003, health officials across the world have been following this outbreak closely since September 2012.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has been the epicenter of the global MERS-CoV outbreak, and the man responsible for KSA’s response to MERS has been Dr. Ziad Memish, Deputy Minister of Health for Public Health, KSA. On August 21, 2013, Dr. Memish gave a presentation about the MERS outbreak in KSA and then joined Tom Inglesby for a discussion and Q/A session. Video of the session is accessible above; for those who prefer audio only, MP3 files are available as well: Dr. Memish's Presentation | Q&A Session: Drs. Memish and Inglesby