Wednesday, August 21, 2013

#MERS #Coronavirus Study: MERS Virus Match Seen in Saudi Arabian Bat

August 21, 2013
By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer

Scientists have found the mysterious MERS virus in a bat in Saudi Arabia.
An international research team said the bat virus is an exact match to the first known human case of Middle East respiratory syndrome. The sample was collected from within a few miles of that patient's home.
The discovery reported Wednesday is considered an important development in the search for the origin of MERS, a deadly respiratory illness that is worrying health officials around the world.
But it's likely that something else — perhaps another animal — is spreading the virus directly to humans, said Dr. Ziad Memish, Saudi Arabia's Deputy Minister of Health and lead author of the report.

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