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Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is an illness caused by a coronavirus called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). MERS affects the lungs and breathing tubes. Most MERS patients developed severe acute respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. About 30% of them died. It was first reported  in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Cases have recently been reported in the United States.

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