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Alert over spike in Middle East flu virus

By Louise Redvers

DUBAI, 5 May 2014 (IRIN) - Health authorities around the world are on high alert after a sudden spike in the incidence of a deadly Middle Eastern flu bug that began in Saudi Arabia but has now spread to Asia and the USA.


?This is a key moment in the MERS-CoV timeline,? Sofian Ragab research director at IDPH Research Group, a London-based but Middle East and North Africa-focused think tank, told IRIN. ?Unless it is brought under control and kept that way, we could see an exponential increase in incidence.?