SARS - Severe acute respiratory syndrome - Started in China
MERS - Middle East Respiratory Syndrome - Started somewhere in the middle east.
Ebola - named after a river
Zika - forest in Uganda
Corona Virus - ....China.
...is that how we name shit based on location? Doesn't seem to be consistent. I mean Wuhan is a place not a race...Why the fuck not call it the Wuhan Flu?
I think they wanted to call it the Wuhan Virus - which would be consistent in how we named these pandemics in the past.
- West Nile Virus - Named after the West Nile District of Uganda discovered in 1937.
- Guinea Worm - Named by European explorers for the Guinea coast of West Africa in the 1600s.
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever - Named after the mountain range spreading across western North America first recognized first in 1896 in Idaho.
- Lyme Disease - Named after a large outbreak of the disease occurred in Lyme and Old Lyme, Connecticut in the 1970s.
- Ross River Fever - Named after a mosquito found to cause the disease in the Ross River of Queensland, Australia by the 1960s. The first major outbreak occurred in 1928.
- Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever - Named after its 1940s discovery in Omsk, Russia.
- Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever - Named in 1976 for the Ebola River in Zaire located in central Africa.
- Valley Fever - Valley Fever earned its nickname from a 1930s outbreak San Joaquin Valley of California, though its first case came from Argentina.
- Marburg Virus Disease - Named after Marburg, Germany in 1967.
- Norovirus - Named after Norwalk, Ohio after an outbreak in 1968.
- Zika Fever - First discovered in 1947 and named after the Zika Forest in Uganda.
- Japanese Encephalitis - Named after its first case in Japan in 1871.
- German Measles - Named after the German doctors who first described it in the 18th century. The disease is also sometimes referred to as “Rubella.”
- Lassa Fever - Named after the being found in Lassa, Nigeria in 1969.