Korean MERS outbreak should be wake-up call for world


Published: 12Jun2015

South Korea's burgeoning MERS outbreak should be a reminder to the world that a virus some may have written off can trigger significant disease and major disruption, a World Health Organization expert says.

The outbreak in that country has now infected 126 people, 11 of whom have died. And it may be a while yet before South Korea's health officials manage to stop spread of the virus, according to the WHO's point person for Middle East respiratory syndrome or MERS.
Link to story: http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/korean-mers-outbreak-should-be-wake-up-call-for-world-expert-1.2418812

“With students and their families arriving from throughout the world, it is important that universities prepare themselves for any potential dangers including those related to infectious organism such as MERS-CoV.   Times of highest risk are the beginning of the academic year and following holiday periods.”
– Pierre-Paul Tellier, MD

Expert: Pierre-Paul Tellier, MD, Family physician, Director of McGill Student Health.
Expertise: He has helped develop protocols for McGill and Student Health Services regarding the management of a variety of potential infections.
Contact: pierre-paul.tellier [at] mcgill.ca. Prof. Tellier can answer in English and French.


Expert: Dr. Brian Ward, McGill's Division of Infectious Diseases, and Associate Director of the Centre for Tropical Diseases,
Expertise: He is an expert on viruses and vaccines.
Contact: brian.ward [at] mcgill.ca.

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