No vaccine or effective treatment exists against MERS
, which spreads from person to person.
However, the Saudi government has declared zero MERS
infection among the Hajj pilgrims for the past three years.
Once a MERS
PUI was identified, the patient's specimens were transported from the hospital or local public health laboratory to CDPH in Richmond, California, for MERS
The protein, an antibody named LCA60, seems to latch onto the MERS
virus, preventing it from infecting a cell.
Limited data on the clinical presentation of MERS
are available; most published clinical information to date is from critically ill patients.
infection was first reported in 2012 in Saudi Arabia and since then, the WHO has been notified of 1,350 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection worldwide, including 480 deaths.
-CoV surveillance systems must be enhanced and global awareness of MERS
and the importance of infection control measures needs to be increased.
Three years after the MERS
virus first emerged in humans, there is no cure or vaccine that can protect people from falling sick with it, and little work has been done in develop a vaccine, despite considerable available scientific detail.
According to the WHO, till date globally 1,244 MERS
cases have been reported with at least 446 deaths.
is a serious respiratory illness that first emerged in 2012 in Saudi Arabia.
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The Health Ministry is very concerned about MERS
as many Iranians are expected to visit Saudi Arabia for the month of Ramadan, starting in late June.