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Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)


MERS is caused by a distinctive coronavirus (MERS‐CoV). Typical early symptoms include fever, cough, chills, and shortness of breath. Pneumonia is common. Some cases have had diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting. Other cases tested after​​ their contact with MERS patients have had no symptoms. Complications of MERS include severe pneumonia and organ failure. Approximately 35% of confirmed cases have died. Most severe cases of MERS have had underlying chronic medical conditions. There is no known vaccine or specific treatment; management is supportive.

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