• Vol. 44 No. 5
  • 15 May 2015

MERS-CoV: Where Are We Now?

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Prior to 2002, coronaviruses were known mainly for causing mild human upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) and enteric and respiratory infections in many animals. However, their full pathogenic potential was only realised when an outbreak of severe pneumonia with a high fatality rate occurred in southern China, and they were identified to be a coronavirus—severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

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