The Mers virus migrated from Saudi Arabia to South Korea and China. Medical scientists are still striving to find a vaccine to contain this new outbreak. It is evident that deadly diseases could travel at supersonic speed around the globe.
We are in the frontline in a new scientific race to predict the next pandemic, of the roughly 400 emerging infectious diseases that have been identified since 1940, more than 60 per cent came from animals. Poverty has moved people in developing countries to eating vermin, rodents and insects. It is a sad state of affairs but undoubtedly it will become the next global pandemic.
— Farouk Araie, by email