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MERS Cases Continue As Hajj Season Approaches In Saudi Arabia
2013-09-04 09:51:23

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Despite no new information over the past few days, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health has reported 14 new laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS-CoV to the World Health Organization (WHO) over three days, from August 28-30. Along with the eight confirmed cases reported to WHO on August 28, the Ministry reported two additional cases on August 29 and four more on August 30. The latest patients include a 59-year-old man with an...

Eight New Confirmed Cases Of MERS Reported In Middle East
2013-08-29 09:54:01

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday of an additional eight laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the Middle East. Together with the latest cases, the WHO has been informed of a total of 102 lab-confirmed cases of infection, including 49 deaths. The latest cases include two men (54 and 51 years old) with underlying medical conditions from Riyadh...

Bat Virus A 100-Percent Genetic Match To Human MERS
2013-08-22 06:58:15

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Earlier this month scientists from The Netherlands found a correlation between MERS and camels, discovering Middle Eastern and African dromedaries had carried coronavirus antibodies genetically similar to the virus infecting humans. Now, researchers from Columbia University, EcoHealth Alliance and the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health have discovered the first concrete evidence of animal to human transmission. The results of this...

2013-08-21 16:25:45

EcoHealth Alliance Scientists and Collaborators Uncover MERS CoV in Suspected Wildlife Reservoir NEW YORK, Aug. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit organization that focuses on local conservation and global health issues, and the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health announced the first evidence of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS CoV) found in a bat species in Saudi Arabia. In...

2013-08-15 12:24:42

World Health Organization Says SARS-Like Illness "A Threat to the Entire World" NEW YORK, Aug. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NYBC's Laboratory of Viral Immunology at its Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute was acknowledged and commented upon by the editor of Nature Medicine in the August 2013 edition, indicating the lab, headed by Shibo Jiang, M.D., Ph.D. and Lanying Du, Ph.D., is among the pioneers in developing a vaccine against Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus...

New Discoveries Made In The Transmission Of Viruses Between Animals And Humans
2013-08-12 16:13:30

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Outbreaks such as the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS) have afflicted people around the world, yet many people think these trends are on the decline. Quite the opposite is true. The efforts to combat this epidemic are being spearheaded by a team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists. Led by Monica Borucki of LLNL's Biosciences and Biotechnology Division, the...

Camels Discovered To Carry MERS Coronavirus Antibodies
2013-08-09 07:44:37

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As MERS Coronavirus continues to unleash its wrath in the Middle East, so far sickening 94 people and killing 46, researchers have struggled to find a source of infection. Once tying the SARS-like infections to pipistrelle bats, which carry a similar strain of the coronavirus, researchers now believe dromedary (one-humped) camels may be to blame. A team of researchers, led by Chantal Reusken of the National Institute for Public...

MERS Virus Not Epidemic
2013-07-26 11:11:23

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Those making plans to travel to the Middle East can breathe easy, as the deadly MERS virus is not expected to break out on an epidemic scale, according to new research from a group of Saudi and British scientists. The international team recently published a report in the journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases that examined 47 cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS. In the most comprehensive analysis yet, the scientists...

Bat Origin Of MERS-CoV Virus
2013-07-24 15:16:47

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers wrote in the journal Emerging Infectious Disease that they have detected a virus in the feces of a South African bat that is more genetically similar to Middle East respiratory syndrome-coronavirus (MERS-CoV) than any other known virus. The scientists believe their findings indicate that African bats may have played a role in the evolution of MERS-CoV predecessor viruses, which has killed nearly half the people who have...

MERS Could Spread Internationally Via Mass Pilgrimages
2013-07-20 05:39:52

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Two upcoming mass gatherings involving millions of individuals could cause Middle East respiratory syndrome-coronavirus (MERS-CoV) to spread internationally, according to new research published in the online journal PLOS Currents: Outbreaks. Lead investigator Dr. Kamran Khan of St. Michael's Hospital and his colleagues warn that MERS could spread faster and wider during the upcoming umrah and hajj, which typically draw millions of...


Latest Coronavirus Reference Libraries

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2011-02-23 20:52:43

The SARS coronavirus is the virus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). In 2003 the World Health Organization issued a press release stating that the coronavirus identified by a number of laboratories was the official cause of SARS. It causes severe illness marked initially by systemic symptoms of muscle pain, headache, fever, followed in 2-10 days by the onset of respiratory symptoms, mainly cough, dyspnea, and pneumonia. SARS patients have a decrease in the number of...

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2011-01-12 16:27:29

The common cold is a viral disease of the upper respiratory system, caused primarily by rhinoviruses and coronaviruses. Symptoms usually include a cough, sore throat, runny nose, and a fever. There is no known treatment to shorten the duration of the virus yet the cold normally dissipates after 7 to 10 days. It is the most common infectious disease in humans who on average are infected two to four times a year in adults. It can also be called a upper respiratory tract infection. Other...

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2011-01-11 10:14:35

Coronavirus, a species in the genera of animal virus, belongs to the subfamily Coronavirinae in the family Coronaviridae. They are enveloped viruses with single-stranded RNA genome and a helical symmetry. The genome size ranges from 16 to 31 kilobases. The name, meaning crown, comes from the virus envelope appearing to be crowned when viewed under an electron microscopy. These viruses mainly infect the upper respiratory system and the gastrointestinal tract of mammals and birds. There...

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2011-01-05 13:57:34

Canine coronavirus, of the Coronaviridae family, is a virus that causes a highly contagious intestinal disease in dogs. It was discovered in 1971 in Germany during an outbreak in sentry dogs. It replicates in the villi of the small intestine. Intestinal disease can be related to virus-induced apoptosis of cells. Originally the virus was thought to be very severe but is now considered to be very mild. It can, however, be serious if the dog is also infected with canine parvovirus....

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