MERS – a threat to the entire world

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It is caused by a coronavirus called MERS-CoV. This virus has spread from ill people to others through close contact. As of middle of April 2014, MERS-CoV cases have been reported in several countries, including Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, and the Philippines. Egypt recorded its first case on Saturday. 339 confirmed cases are in Saudi Arabia. More than one hundred people were killed by the virus in this country.
Recent studies revealed that camels serve as the primary source of this virus. People can be infected by drinking camel milk or by eating camel meat and than they will infect other peoples. However, scientists do not know exactly how the virus spreads. Symptoms, which include fever, cough and shortness of breath, can lead to pneumonia and kidney failure.
MERS was first reported in the Middle East in 2012 and is from the same family as the SARS virus, which killed around 800 people worldwide after first appearing in China in 2002.

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