MERS outbreak picks up pace in Middle East

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus infected more than 200 people in April alone

By Tina Hesman Saey, 09:59 AM May 5, 2014

Behind the news that the United States has had its first case of the deadly respiratory virus known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, or MERS coronavirus, is a far more worrisome trend: Case numbers are exploding on the Arabian Peninsula. As doctors struggle to treat patients, scientists are rushing to answer some basic questions about the virus’s biology, whose answers could stop the virus from becoming a pandemic.

As far as anyone knows, the first human victims of MERS were a ...

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