MERS is caused by a coronavirus. Little is known about it as it was only identified as the cause of illness three years ago. The first case positively identified was a man in Jordan. The virus has been known to infect camels but the linkage to humans has not been worked out yet.
Coronaviruses are a group of infective agents that cause respiratory illness. They cause varying degrees of illness. Human’s common cold is caused by them. SARS(Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome) that originated in China and spread worldwide is a coronavirus. MERS so far has shown itself to be more deadly than SARS but less contagious.
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