On the trail of a new virus

Map of MERS infection finds microbe spread through hospital dialysis units

By Tina Hesman Saey, 17:11 PM June 19, 2013

A new, deadly respiratory virus spreads easily in hospital settings, a team of investigators has found.

The virus, called the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, or MERS, reminds Johns Hopkins University epidemiologist Trish Perl of SARS. “The cases are eerily similar,” she says. Perl and two colleagues investigated a SARS outbreak in Toronto 10 years ago. This spring, they helped unravel the chain of infection of a MERS outbreak  in Saudi Arabia.

By examining medical records and care...

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