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  • Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Associated with Higher Mortality, More Severe Illness
    Patients with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) develop more severe critical illness and have higher mortality than patients with non-MERS severe acute respiratory infection (SARI), according to investigators involved with the largest study of critically ill patients ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • 25 Cases of MERS in Saudi Arabia are Reported to WHO
    Between Feb. 26, 2016 and March 8, 2016 the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of 25 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus infection (MERS-CoV), including four fatal cases. To read ...More
    March 16, 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
  • Study Calls Into Question Current MERS Vaccine Strategy
    A new study suggests that the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) develops mutations that make the virus less virulent during an outbreak rather than more virulent. The study, published this week in mBio, an online open-access journal of the American ...More
    March 1, 2016 Posted in News
  • New Study Finds Promising Results for MERS Treatment
    In a new study, University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers have had promising results with a new treatment for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). The study, published today in the journal Science Translational Medicine, found a new treatment that protected ...More
    February 18, 2016 Posted in News
  • First Reported Autopsy of Patient with MERS Coronavirus Infection Provides Critical Insights
    Since 2012, at least 1,500 individuals have developed Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), resulting in more than 500 fatalities. Only now are results being reported of the first autopsy of a MERS patient, which was performed in 2014. Not only do these findings, ...More
    February 5, 2016 Posted in News
  • WHO Provides Disease Outbreak Update on H5N6, MERS
    Human infection with avian influenza A(H5N6) virus – China Between Dec. 30, 2015 and Jan. 2, 2016, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of two additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human ...More
    January 5, 2016 Posted in News
  • Candidate Vaccine Against MERS is Tested in Camels
    The recently discovered coronavirus now referred to as MERS (for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) causes an infectious respiratory disease in humans, which can be fatal. The virus is thought to be transmitted to humans primarily via contact with dromedary camels. Now ...More
    December 17, 2015 Posted in News
  • Camels Test Positive for Respiratory Virus in Kenya, May Have Human Health Implications
    A new study has found that nearly half of camels in parts of Kenya have been infected by the virus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and calls for further research into the role they might play in the transmission of this emerging disease to humans. MERS ...More
    October 16, 2015 Posted in News
  • New Method Reveals Real-Time Death Risk of Korean MERS Outbreak
    University of Tokyo researchers have developed a real-time statistical method to estimate death risk (i.e., the probability of death given infection) and identify risk factors of death during an infectious disease outbreak. Using this method, the researchers revealed that ...More
    September 30, 2015 Posted in News
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