What is the new Coronavirus, MERS or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome?

Agricultural Disaster Preparedness and Recovery May 17, 2013 Print Friendly and PDF

MERS is a coronavirus and coronaviruses are common viruses and most people at some time during their life will become infected with a coronavirus in the form of a cold. Coronaviruses may also infect animals. Most of these coronaviruses usually infect only one animal species or, at most, a small number of closely related species.

Coronaviruses are grouped as alpha, beta, gamma, and a provisional grouping delta. The new virus MERS  is a beta coronavirus. This virus is not the same virus of the 2003 SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak. 



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