Here I am in the Middle East, and a coronavirus has developed that is being called the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS. MERS has a nearly 50% mortality rate, and the CDC website claims that it has not yet reached the U.S. Really? That seems highly unlikely. Given the amount of travel between the U.S. and everywhere, and given the massive troop movements through the middle east, I am surprised at this news. Here is the CDC link:http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/mers/.
Gail is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, holds an MA in Journalism and a Master's in Public Health and a Master's Certificate from the Naval Postgraduate School in Security, Stability and Development in Complex Operations. She'd like to eventually get a PhD. She has been following the use of U.S. military health capabilities for nation building and health diplomacy for several years and recently decided to blog about it. This blog is intended to build a resource of relevant news, documents and other online content. The views expressed here are personal and do not reflect those of any agency.