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Coronaviruses


  • Common Cold Viruses Originated in Camels
    There are four globally endemic human coronaviruses which, together with the better known rhinoviruses, are responsible for causing common colds. Usually, infections with these viruses are harmless to humans. DZIF professor Christian Drosten, Institute of Virology at the ...More
    August 18, 2016 Posted in News
  • New SARS-like Virus is Poised to Infect Humans
    A SARS-like virus found in Chinese horseshoe bats may be poised to infect humans without the need for adaptation, overcoming an initial barrier that could potentially set the stage for an outbreak according to a study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The ...More
    March 14, 2016 Posted in News
  • Scientists Find Clues to Neutralizing Coronaviruses Such as MERS
    When the respiratory illness SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) emerged in 2003, it killed at least 775 people before it was contained. Nine years later, MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) began circulating in the human population—and has gone on to have a ...More
    March 2, 2016 Posted in News
  • New Compound Inhibits Enzyme Crucial to MERS and SARS Viruses, With a Catch
    Scientists at the University of Illinois, Chicago, have identified a compound that effectively inhibits an enzyme crucial to the viruses that cause Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). The compound appears to have a different ...More
    September 8, 2014 Posted in News
  • Researchers' Findings Could Pave the Way to Vaccines for SARS and MERS
    A Purdue University-led research team has figured out how to disable a part of the SARS virus responsible for hiding it from the immune system; a critical step in developing a vaccine against the deadly disease. The findings also have potential applications in the creation ...More
    June 3, 2014 Posted in News
  • SARS Could Hold the Key for Treatment of MERS-CoV
    A new type of coronavirus, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), was first found a year ago in a patient who died. It took several months before it was discovered that a new virus had emerged. New cases have been reported from Jordan, Qatar, Saudi ...More
    September 13, 2013 Posted in News
  • Scientists Engineer Strain of MERS Coronavirus for Use in a Vaccine
    Scientists have developed a strain of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) that could be used as a vaccine against the disease, according to a study to be published in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. The ...More
    September 10, 2013 Posted in News
  • UCI-Led Study Reveals How SARS Coronavirus Hijacks Host Cells
    UC Irvine infectious disease researchers have uncovered components of the SARS coronavirus – which triggered a major outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome in 2002-03 – that allow it to take over host cells in order to replicate. This insight is critical for a full ...More
    August 22, 2013 Posted in News
  • Researchers Describe Potential for MERS-CoV to Spread Internationally
    Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) could spread faster and wider during two international mass gatherings involving millions of people in the next few months, according to researchers who describe the most likely pathways of international spread based ...More
    July 19, 2013 Posted in News
  • 81 Lab-Confirmed Cases of MERS-CoV, 45 Deaths Reported Since September 2012
    The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has announced an additional laboratory-confirmed case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in the country. The patient is a 66-year-old man from the Asir region with an underlying health condition. He is ...More
    July 11, 2013 Posted in News
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