You’ve all heard this plenty of times before, but this time the apocalypse really is coming, and it’s in the form of MERS.

MERS – Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome virus – has become a real issue for those living around or traveling through the Arabian peninsula. The virus, which is in the same family as SARS, causes severe respiratory illness along with a fever and flu-like symptoms. MERS first appeared two years ago but the current outbreak has the World Health Organization keeping an eye on its course.

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If you plan on traveling to the Middle East ay time soon, numerous signs in airports will tell you to see a doctor if you develop symptoms within two weeks after visiting. So far, 571 cases have been reported, with 171 of them turning fatal. Most of the cases have been seen in healthcare workers who spend most of their time in hospitals or doctors offices.

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First polio, now this, but does MERS seem slightly reminiscent of a certain TV show to anyone? The Walking Dead maybe? that mysterious virus that spread through the prison, killing everyone in its wake? Yeah, we thought the same thing. It’s only a matter of time before those infected become the legion of undead, and we all know how that ends.

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Basically, if y’all had taken Society, Science Survival: Lessons from AMC’s The Walking Dead, this wouldn’t even be happening.

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