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A dangerous new disease goes global
May 2 was not the day U.S. public-health officials were dreading–it was a day they expected. That’s when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first American case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus, the scourge that originated in 2012 on the Arabian Peninsula. More worrisome was what happened on May 17, when the CDC reported the first evidence that MERS, which has infected more than 530 people worldwide and killed 145, had spread from one person to another inside the U.S.–possibly from a handshake.