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Human cold virus linked to neurological conditions

Major respiratory viruses in the coronavirus family, like the one responsible for the common cold, as well as being dangerous respiratory pathogens, can cause lasting neurological diseases, according to new research.

Camels’ role in MERS virus now under question

A new research study suggests that transmission of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS) from camels to humans is poor.

MERS virus detected in Austria

Vienna - The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported on the first case of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus in Austria. At the same time, more cases continue to be reported in Saudi Arabia.

MERS-camel link is not so clear cut

A widely reported connection between a man who died from MERS and a camel that he owned might not be so. There is a possibility that laboratory contamination occurred.

Another MERS-camel link

Researchers in Saudi Arabia have detected, isolated, and sequenced Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) from a camel that matched the virus derived from the animal’s owner.

Scientists find compound to fight virus behind SARS and MERS

Geneva - An international team of scientists say they have identified a compound that can fight coronaviruses, responsible for the SARS and MERS outbreaks, which currently have no cure. Coronaviruses affected the upper and lower respiratory tracts in humans.

MERS crosses the state line

Chicago - An Illinois man has contracted the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus from the Indiana patient who was recently hospitalized. This is the first confirmed human-to-human transmission of MERS within the U.S.

Second MERS case in the U.S.

Atlanta - The U.S. CDC has announced the second confirmed case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus infection: a health-care worker who lived in Saudi Arabia and traveled through five international airports before arriving in Orlando earlier this month.

WHO says that MERS is not currently a global threat

Geneva - A World Health Organization committee finds no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission of the deadly MERS coronavirus. However, WHO recommends immediate action to prevent further spread.

Op-Ed: Kissing camels in defiance of MERS warnings: How stupid is that?

Saudi Arabia is in the middle of an MERS outbreak that has infected over 519 people to date and claimed 157 lives. So what in the world is going on with the pictures and videos being posted on the web showing people kissing and hugging their camels?

Are bats the source of the MERS virus?

A fragment of genetic viral material isolated from an Egyptian tomb bat matches viral material isolated from the first human victim of the novel coronavirus. This leads scientists to suggest a link between the virus and bats.

MERS coronavirus no emergency, rules WHO panel

A panel of experts convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) has unanimously decided the MERS coronavirus is not, at least yet, an emergency threat to public health.

WHO emergency committee meets to discuss MERS coronavirus threat

A panel of experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) is meeting emergently to discuss the threat of MERS coronavirus and come to an agreement as to whether the virus is an international threat for pandemic that should mandate travel restriction.

WHO: Deadly MERS-CoV virus spreads to Italy

The WHO has confirmed new cases of the deadly virus MERS-CoV in Italy. The latest patients are a 2-year-old girl and a 42-year-old woman who have had close contact with a 45-year-old man who visited Jordan in May, developed symptoms and was hospitalized.

Authorities find three lethal viruses circulating simultaneously

In the backdrop of two emerging outbreaks of H7N9 bird flu and the SARS-like novel coronavirus, the H5N1 strain has re-emerged, ushering in a third viral threat to health authorities in several countries.

New SARS-like coronavirus may be spreading in France

French health officials reported the need to test for additional cases of the SARS-like coronavirus that appears to have emerged from the Middle East, as the novel virus continues to demonstrate its ability to spread among human populations.

New SARS-like virus may have a 'weak spot'

A new virus that causes severe breathing distress and kidney failure, which was reported in 2012, has been analyzed further with a view to finding its ‘weak spot’.

After sixth patient dies, analysis of new coronavirus emerge

The new 'novel coronavirus,' NCoV, has claimed another life - bringing the death toll to six globally from a total known infection universe of 12 and setting in motion a greater analysis of the threat this SARS-like virus could pose.

Fourth victim of SARS-like 'novel coronavirus' reported in UK

While reported cases of the new 'novel coronavirus,' NCoV, appeared to be on the rise, health officials in the UK and in the UAE maintained the SARS-like virus is not a threat.

WHO on SARS-like virus: 'We've got things in place...'

The World Health Organization is prepared to tackle a new challenge thrown up after a new virus related to the deadly SARS had infected a 49-year-old Qatari from a recent trip to Saudi Arabia where another man with an almost identical virus had died.

WHO on high alert after SARS-like illness claims first victim

One man is dead and another is in critical condition with a new coronavirus, similar to SARS. The victims are believed to have contracted the respiratory virus in the Middle East.

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