A recent rise in the number of cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has officials with the World Health Organization (WHO) concerned lately, especially since there are still so many uncertainties about exactly where the virus comes from and how it's spread from person to person.
The MERS coronavirus was first discovered in April 2012, but it's taken until March 26 of this year for the official WHO-recorded number of cases worldwide to top 200, including 85 that were fatal. Just shy of a month later, the official number of cases that WHO is reporting (as of April 24) has jumped to 254, with a total of 93 deaths.
However, since WHO depends on nations supplying it with official numbers, its totals often lag behind what's actually happening. This is especially true in this case, as Saudi Arabia — where the first cases of MERS showed up and the most cases have been reported — has shown a persistent reluctance to cooperate with requests for reports.
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