What is Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)?


1. What is MERS?

You’ve undoubtedly seen the search term “MERS” popping up in news and social media feeds. MERS (or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) is a severe pneumonia-like respiratory disease that’s a subtype of the SARS (or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) virus. MERS is more precisely a type of coronavirus (specifically MERS-CoV) that was discovered in the Middle East in 2012.

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