Severe acute respiratory syndrome

Recent News

Apr 15, 2014

News Scan for Apr 15, 2014

Lab loses SARS virus pieces
Caribbean chikungunya surge
Diarrhea treatment gap in Africa
Oct 30, 2013

Close relative of SARS virus found in Chinese bats

The findings support the hypothesis that the SARS virus originated in bats.

Sep 19, 2013

News Scan for Sep 19, 2013

Canadian SARS leader dies
Polio risk in Africa
MDR/XDR-TB in Europe
Aug 08, 2013

Blood study suggests camels could be MERS-CoV carriers

Researchers find evidence that camels have been exposed to MERS-CoV or a close relative.

Jul 26, 2013

Study outlines how MERS and SARS are alike, differ

More MERS patients had preexisting health problems and were much more likely to die.

Jul 22, 2013

OIE downplays camels as possible MERS-CoV source

The OIE says there is little evidence of a link between camels and MERS-CoV cases.

Jul 09, 2013

WHO sees changing pattern in recent MERS cases

Recent MERS cases have featured less severe symptoms, younger patients, and more females.

Jul 08, 2013

More MERS cases reported; WHO names emergency panel

A new MERS-CoV Saudi case and two deaths were reported as the WHO named 15 experts to its emergency panel.

Jun 19, 2013

Report: Saudi MERS hospital outbreak had some SARS-like traits

A study of a recent outbreak of MERS-CoV reveals that the virus spread in three hospitals and that some patients transmit it more than others.

Jun 06, 2013

Italians test negative for MERS-CoV

An Italian health official reported today that 20 people who had contact with MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) patients in Italy have tested negative for the virus, while a US company announced it has made a potential vaccine for the novel pathogen.

Resources & Literature

Recent Literature

Assiri A, McGeer A, Perl RM, et al. Hospital outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus. N Engl J Med 2013 Aug 1;369:407-16

Ge X-Y, Li J-L, Yang X-L, et al. Isolation and characterization of a bat SARS-like coronavirus that uses the ACE2 receptor. (Letter) Nature 2013 (published online Oct 30) 

Gralinski LE, Bankhead A, Jeng S, et al. Mechanisms of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-induced acute lung injury. mBio 2013 Aug 6;4(4):e00271-13

He B, Zhang Y, Xu L, et al. Identification of diverse alphacoronaviruses and genomic characterization of a novel SARS-like coronavirus from bats in China. J Virol 2014 (published online Apr 9)

Lancet Editors. From SARS to H7N9: will history repeat itself? (Editorial) Lancet 2013 Apr 20;381(9875):1333

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