Opinion Columns & Blogs

June 20, 2014 12:00 AM

The truth about the MERS virus

For many months in 2012 and 2013, Saudi Arabia reassured the world that it was paying close attention to the outbreak of a novel coronavirus in the kingdom, known as Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS. But events this year have begun to pull back the curtain on a disease outbreak that was — and remains — dangerous and not fully explained or explored. This is more than just an accident, and the Saudi authorities are finally waking up to the full extent of the lapses, just in time for the pilgrimages that are expected to bring millions to Mecca and Medina in the months ahead.

Related content

Comments

Videos

More Videos

VIDEO: 2016 Thurston County CROP Hunger Walk 01:47

VIDEO: 2016 Thurston County CROP Hunger Walk

VIDEO: John Schneider, Pete Carroll on Seahawks' lineman-RB-heavy draft 04:00

VIDEO: John Schneider, Pete Carroll on Seahawks' lineman-RB-heavy draft

Prep baseball: Timberline 1, South Kitsap 0 01:48

Prep baseball: Timberline 1, South Kitsap 0

VIDEO: Seahawks GM Schneider, coach Carroll talk about Friday's picks 02:00

VIDEO: Seahawks GM Schneider, coach Carroll talk about Friday's picks

VIDEO: Seahawks' second-round pick Jarran Reed in his first Seattle interview 01:58

VIDEO: Seahawks' second-round pick Jarran Reed in his first Seattle interview

VIDEO: Seahawks second-round pick Jarran Reed ready to get to work 00:31

VIDEO: Seahawks second-round pick Jarran Reed ready to get to work

VIDEO: Seahawks GM Schneider, coach Carroll on top pick Germaine Ifedi 01:43

VIDEO: Seahawks GM Schneider, coach Carroll on top pick Germaine Ifedi

VIDEO: Tiny Tumwater duck farm gets ready to sell eggs 01:05

VIDEO: Tiny Tumwater duck farm gets ready to sell eggs

WATCH: Seahawks' top pick Germain Ifedi is happy 02:08

WATCH: Seahawks' top pick Germain Ifedi is happy

VIDEO: 2016 Worker Memorial Day honored by Dept. of Labor & Industries 03:31

VIDEO: 2016 Worker Memorial Day honored by Dept. of Labor & Industries

VIDEO: Prep softball: Yelm 4 Gig Harbor 3 01:56

VIDEO: Prep softball: Yelm 4 Gig Harbor 3

WATCH: Juror, defense attorney discuss Troy Kelley verdict 01:33

WATCH: Juror, defense attorney discuss Troy Kelley verdict

Share Video

Editor's Choice Videos