Coronaviruses


  • 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
    2 weeks ago 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
  • New Cases, More Deaths from MERS-CoV Reported
    The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has announced two additional laboratory-confirmed cases and two deaths in previously confirmed cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in Saudi Arabia. The new cases are a 69-year-old male and a ...More
    July 5, 2013 Posted in News
  • Seven Additional MERS-CoV Cases, Death in Existing Case are Reported
    The Ministry of Health (MoH) in Saudi Arabia has announced seven additional laboratory-confirmed cases and a death in a previously confirmed case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Four cases have been detected among contacts of confirmed cases in ...More
    June 27, 2013 Posted in News
  • Two New MERS-CoV Cases, Death in Previously Confirmed Case are Reported
    The Ministry of Health (MoH) in Saudi Arabia has announced two additional laboratory-confirmed cases and a death in a previously confirmed case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). One case is a 41-year-old female from Riyadh who had contact with a ...More
    June 24, 2013 Posted in News
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