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MERS-CoV

Transmission electron micrograph of coronavirus

Human coronaviruses were first identified in the mid 1960s and are named for the crown-like projections on the surface of the virus. They are a group of viruses that cause respiratory infections in humans and animals.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is the recommended name for what was previously called novel coronavirus. For relevant information by profession, please see the subheadings on the left.

 


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