Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)

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Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) is a lethal pulmonary disease caused by a newly emerged coronavirus. The virus is transmitted to humans from dromedary (one-humped) camels and is not fully understood. It is believed to have originated in bats before it was transmitted to camels. Since human contact with bats is limited, evidence (serological and molecular) suggests that camels are the likely animal reservoir for MERS and the primary zoonotic source for human infection. MERS coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012. As of October 2018, there have been 2,266 lab confirmed cases of MERS with 804 deaths. The virus has been found in 27 countries.

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Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) is a lethal pulmonary disease caused by a newly emerged coronavirus. The virus is transmitted to humans from dromedary (one-humped) camels and is not fully understood. It is believed to have originated in bats before it was transmitted to camels. Since human contact with bats is limited, evidence (serological and molecular) suggests that camels are the likely animal reservoir for MERS and the primary zoonotic source for human infection. MERS coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012. As of October 2018, there have been 2,266 lab confirmed cases of MERS with 804 deaths. The virus has been found in 27 countries.

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