New MERS virus spreads easily, deadlier than SARS
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New MERS virus spreads easily, deadlier than SARS

New MERS virus spreads easily, deadlier than SARS
A coronavirus that may cause SARS. (transwikie...

A coronavirus that may cause SARS. (transwikied from en.wikipedia.org) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 6:57 PM

The experts reported that MERS infection occurred by way of person-to-person contact and poses an especially serious risk because it is easily transmitted in hospital settings.

The Washington Post

A new virus responsible for an outbreak of respiratory illness in the Middle East may be more deadly than SARS, according to a team of infectious-disease specialists who recently investigated cases in Saudi Arabia.

Of 23 confirmed cases in April, 15 people died — an “extremely high” fatality rate of 65 percent, according to Johns Hopkins senior epidemiologist Trish Perl, a member of the team that analyzed the spread of the virus through four Saudi hospitals.

Saudi officials said that as of Wednesday, 49 people have contracted the disease and 32 have died.

The experts, who published their findings online Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine, reported that infection occurred by way of person-to-person contact and poses an especially serious risk because it is easily transmitted in hospital settings.

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