What causes MERS?
The cause of MERS has been identified as a new kind of virus, which belongs to the coronavirus family.
Author: Idan Ben-Barak
First answered: 28 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is an emerging viral infectious disease of the airways and lungs.
People who are infected with the MERS virus, especially if they were previously healthy, can sometimes exhibit no symptoms at all or only mild symptoms. The most common signs and symptoms of a MERS infection are fever, chills, coughing and shortness of …
The virus is currently found almost exclusively among people who live in the Arabian Peninsula, or who have travelled there or been in close contact with infected people.
A doctor may give a tentative diagnosis of MERS based on the person's clinical symptoms and their history (travel, contact with infected people, etc.). A definite diagnosis relies on laboratory tests to analyze the virus.
There is currently no specific treatment for MERS. Treatment is supportive and focuses on managing the symptoms that appear.
MERS is a serious health problem and should be treated at hospital.
MERS appears to pass from camels to humans and between people who are at close contact such as family members or healthcare personnel treating MERS patients.
Steps you can take to prevent infection with the MERS virus are similar to those of other viral diseases transmitted by sneezing and coughing. In addition, MERS appears to pass from infected animals to humans. As the virus has been identified in camels, avoiding …