MERS may be airborne

  • July 22, 2014

A research team from Saudi Arabia detected Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, coronavirus in air samples taken from a barn that sheltered a camel infected with the virus, according to new data published in mBio.

To date, there have been 834 cases of MERS globally and 288 related deaths, according to WHO. The recent findings suggest that further studies are needed to determine whether airborne transmission of the disease is possible.

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