As the deadly MERS virus continues to infect people throughout the Middle East and Europe, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has begun to prepare for the disease’s potential spread to the United States.
Currently, the U.S. has had no confirmed cases of the MERS virus, a respiratory infection that researchers say is similar to SARS – though more deadly.
More than 60 cases of MERS, including 38 deaths, have been recorded by the World Health Organization in the past year. Though most cases have appeared in Saudi Arabia, the virus has also been reported in Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Tunisia.
Currently, the CDC says that the risk of the virus appearing in the U.S. is low – but still present.