Wednesday, 27 November 2013

MERS by the numbers: monthly MERS

Click on image to enlarge.Cases (numbers on the y-axis; left) including
deaths (green) and fatal cases (red) are
shown for each month (x-axis, bottom) of
2012 and 2013. This includes 68 deaths
and 161 total cases. The Hajj occurred
in October of each year.

These two charts show the number of cases (including deaths) and the number of deaths by month, split between the 2-years we've known the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) to have existed.
The charts are only as good as the public data they are based on but they give a good idea of what's been happening and what is happening. Cases are not declining [a slow moving epidemic ;) ]

Numbers are ridiculously small in 2012 (overall really) to conclude anything much but it does look like more deaths happen toward April while more cases occurs around September. I Doubt that would be statistically significant though - just something to watch over time.