I know that it's difficult to get to the truth, or at least the real numbers, in situations like this but it seems to me that there is a goodly amount of media panic going on. It appears that people that die from this virus generally have underlying health issues, much like those that die from an influenza outbreak. The reported mortality rate is between 1% and 2% of those that contract the virus, dependent on which source you read. Not great if you are one of the 1 or 2 percent, but not the world threatening mega virus that the media would have us believe. I reckon that as the world becomes ever more populated there will be more and more new viruses and diseases that come to the fore. South East Asia has its flu like illnesses to contend with, whilst Africa struggles with Ebola outbreaks. What's next? Let's hope that man's ability to conquer these diseases stays ahead of nature's ability to develop and mutate them.