MERS – Saudi Arabia

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New MERS case in Hafr Al-Batin, Northeast of Saudi Arabia, involving a 36 year old man.

It is unknown how the man contracted MERS but an investigation revealed that he had frequent contact with camels.

Photo: MERS-CoV particles electron micrograph.

Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), also known as camel flu, is a viral respiratory infection. Symptoms may range from none, to mild, to severe and frequently include fever, cough, diarrhea and shortness of breath. The disease is typically more severe in those with other health problems.

MERS is a coronavirus believed to be originally from bats.

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