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Confirmed MERS-CoV cases (green) and
deaths (red) each week. Case numbers are
listed on the y-axis, days of each week along
As you can see on the right, in the following 2.5-weeks, things have heated up a lot. 17 cases so far.
Why is this so? Completely unknown. Could it be clusters due to a few single but distinct spillovers from the natural host or perhaps transmission events from a common/shared source (recent umrah)? We can only guess.
If the local public health officials can identify this sort of info, it could provide a way to put a lid on current and future rounds of MERS cases and outbreaks.