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What Is MERS?


What Is MERS?

  • First identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012, Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory disease.
  • Originates from a virus that can cause diseases ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
  • Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath; may advance to pneumonia, gastrointestinal symptoms, diarrhea
  • Approximately 36 percent of reported MERS patients die
  • Most human cases of MERS have been attributed to human-to-human infections, but the virus does not seem to pass easily from person to person unless there is close contact.
  • Source: WHO

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