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Much is unknown: the animal source, how the virus jumps to or among people, clinical variables, etc.
MERS-CoV has struck three family members, one fatally, and was found in camels linked to patients.
Cases continue in Middle East hot spots as first US case-patient recovers.
Saudi Arabia reported more MERS cases and a death, and Oman found the virus in racing camels.
In addition to the 6 new cases, the FAO calls for an urgent increase in research on MERS-CoV in animals.
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