2012 MERS outbreak

Viral disease

In 2012, the spread of the Middle East respiratory syndrome affected several countries, mainly in the Middle East. It was caused by the Middle East respiratory syndrome "MERS" or (2012-nCOV). It was first detected in a patient who was admitted in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on June 6, 2012.

2012 Mers-CoV epidemic
Saudi Arabia, was the epicenter of MERS 2012
Locationentire World
First outbreakJeddah, Saudi Arabia
Index caseSeoul, South Korea
Arrival dateJune 6, 2012
Middle East respiratory syndrome outbreak

The cases started in small clusters until the size of the spread was reported in 24 countries to reach 2,500 cases. The virus recorded orders to reach 900 until 2021.



MERS is one of the viruses that belongs to the Coronavirus family that was first seen in the western city in Saudi Arabia, started with a simple cold, The seven coronaviruses recorded infect from alpha to beta.

Global surveillance of the potential epidemic is in preparation to emerge because SARS (2002) and MERS (2012) are being monitored because of the similarity of its strains.