12 fast facts – or not

Dr. Ram Shukla published an article entitled “12 fast facts about MERS-CoV” earlier today here:

http://health.india.com/diseases-conditions/12-fast-facts-about-the-mers-cov/

 

Unfortunately, one of the “fast facts” is a little too fast for the science to support.  

 

Dr. Shukla  states:  “Mostly carried by bats but also some other vertebrates, the MERS Coronovirus spreads very rapidly in animals…”  Actually – MERS-CoV  has yet to be detected in any animal – as reported by the World Organization for Animal Health, just last week.  A close relative of  MERS-CoV was detected in one bat from South Africa, also as reported last week.  One of the most disturbing aspects about MERS-CoV is that a year after it was first found, people are still being infected, but the direct source of their infections has yet to be found.  Most of the rest of what Dr. Shukla wrote as fact “1.” – may eventually prove to be true, but for now it is just a plausible hypothesis – nothing more.  

 

 

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About SteveRhode

I am a career scientist with over 25 years of experience in environmental testing. I hope you enjoy my occasional comments on science and history, and how they are covered in the media.

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