Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Danger in the desert

What causes only a harmless cold in camels can be fatal for humans: an infection with the MERS virus. Since its discovery in 2012, the virus was detected in approximately 2,000 patients and 36 percent of them have not survived ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Transgenic cows produce 'safe' trial therapy for MERS

An experimental treatment for deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has been manufactured in cattle carrying human DNA, and proved "safe" when injected into human guinea pigs, scientists reported Wednesday.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Bat cave study sheds new light on origin of SARS virus

Genetic recombination between viral strains in bats may have produced the direct evolutionary ancestor of the strain that caused a deadly outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in humans, according to new research ...

Medical research

Antiviral inhibits epidemic SARS, MERS and animal coronaviruses

A new antiviral drug candidate inhibits a broad range of coronaviruses, including the SARS and MERS coronaviruses, a multi-institutional team of investigators reports this week in Science Translational Medicine. The findings ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Scientists find clues to neutralizing coronaviruses such as MERS

When the respiratory illness SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) emerged in 2003, it killed at least 775 people before it was contained. Nine years later, MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) began circulating in ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

What exactly is coronavirus?

The conflicts in Syria and Iraq are straining public health systems and public health efforts meant to prevent and detect the spread of infectious diseases. This is generating a "perfect storm" of conditions for outbreaks. ...

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