Race, genetics and health have a lot in common; all of these things influence our risk that we will acquire a specific disease or heath condition. While genetics plays a role of increasing or decreasing our risk of these conditions through evolution and past family history race also plays a genetic role. Race typically is used as a way to determine where someone’s ancestors originated. Depending on where in the world someone is from could be a hint at what genetic disposition they have for a certain ailment. Since there is no biologically discrete race the medical field uses race to determine the relationship between socioeconomic status and genetics. The difference between race and genetics is that race is subjective and genetics is purely objective. Health status information can be obtained by using these two things for a specific person and for a general population. Researchers use these things to show trends in heath disposition among populations.
MERS is prevalent among Middle Easterners because it originated from the camel animal source. Camels are more prominent in the Middle East. This virus is also spread from person to person which is the most common way that it spread to the United States. Genetic factors that play a role in MERS is something that middle easterners would have as compared to other races. I think that the main factor though is social and how much contact they have with camels compared to other countries where their main mule animals are not camels.
In the United States we have had only a few cases of MERS and both cases were with people who have confirmed contact in Saudi Arabia. The symptoms look similar to an upper respiratory infection but the virus is not the same type that most people experience here in the United States and must be treated as such.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/mers/ (accessed July 8, 2014).