Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV): challenges in identifying its source and controlling its spread

Lu Lu, Qi Liu, Lanying Du, Shibo Jiang
Microbes and Infection 2013, 15 (8-9): 625-9
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), a novel human coronavirus that caused outbreaks of a SARS-like illness in the Middle East, is now considered a threat to global public health. This review discusses the challenges in identifying the source of this fatal virus and developing effective and safe anti-MERS-CoV vaccines and therapeutics in order to control its spread and to combat any future pandemic.

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