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Severe acute respiratory syndrome
New viruses had all the building blocks of the human virus, and lab exeriments found that some are equipped with the same capacity to enter human cells.
Genetic analysis of a virus from Uganda revealed that it is 87% identical to MERS-CoV.
The panel's concern was fueled by the threat of an airborne virus spread more easily than Ebola.
Scientists find that the timing and intensity of MERS virus shedding is similar to SARS.
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