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Middle East Respiratory Syndrome

       December 10, 2014, 1:15 pm

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus or MERS-CoV is a novel (new) coronavirus that was first identified in September of 2012 and has been associated with severe respiratory infections among persons who live in or have traveled to the Middle East and persons (including health care providers) exposed to MERS cases outside of the Middle East. The first travel-associated cases in the United States were confirmed in May, 2014.

There has been clear evidence of person-to-person transmission both in household and healthcare settings, but no evidence of sustained person-to-person transmission in the community. MERS-CoV is different from all coronaviruses previously associated with human infections, including SARS-CoV.

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