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What is Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)?

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1. What is MERS?

You’ve undoubtedly seen the search term “MERS” popping up in news and social media feeds. MERS (or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) is a severe pneumonia-like respiratory disease that’s a subtype of the SARS (or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) virus. MERS is more precisely a type of coronavirus (specifically MERS-CoV) that was discovered in the Middle East in 2012.

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