Alert in airports across India for MERS respiratory disease

An alert has been sounded at all airports to screen passengers especially from Middle East and South Korea, for Middle East Corona Virus (MERS-Cov), a kind of deadly respiratory disease.

Better treatment for MERS in offing

Researchers, including those of Indian-origin, have found molecules that shut down the activity of an essential enzyme in the deadly MERS virus, paving the way for better treatments for those infected.

Researchers find potential way to beat MERS virus

 Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have found molecules that shut down the activity of an enzyme essential to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus replication.

Eight key facts you need to know about the MERS virus!

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory illness and was first reported in 2012 in Saudi Arabia.

Health mission urges more Saudi measures to combat MERS

An international health mission said today more measures are needed to combat the spread of MERS in Saudi Arabia, the country worst hit by the coronavirus.

MERS claims three lives in Saudi Arabia

 The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has claimed three more lives and infected four others over the past few days in Saudi Arabia, a media report said Saturday.

MERS claims two lives in Saudi Arabia

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has claimed two more lives, bringing the toll in the country to 363 since the virus was detected in 2012, the Saudi Arabia health ministry announced.

Oman reports first MERS death in nearly a year

Oman today reported its first death of a person from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome corona-virus (MERS-CoV) in nearly a year.

Saudi Arabia allocates $13 mn for MERS prevention

 Saudi Arabia allocated 50 million Saudi riyals (about $13 million) for the prevention of spread of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome - Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) in educational institutions, an official said.

MERS: Know all about the novel virus

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is viral respiratory illness that first surfaced in Saudi Arabia in April 2012. It is caused by a coronavirus called MERS-CoV.

Fresh coronavirus deaths in Saudi Arabia

Two fresh deaths from laboratory-confirmed infection of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) have been reported from Saudi Arabia, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said Monday.

Six new coronavirus cases reported from Saudi Arabia

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said Friday that it has been informed of six fresh laboratory-confirmed cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in Saudi Arabia.

Gene map helps trace spread of MERS virus

Researchers in Britain and Saudi Arabia said on Friday that gene profiling of the MERS virus had provided insights, but no answer, as to how the mysterious microbe spreads.

2 -drug combo helps monkeys fight Middle East coronavirus

Scientists have reported that a combination of two licensed antiviral drugs reduces virus replication and improves clinical outcome of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in mokeys.

Saudi Arabia: 1 more death from new virus

Saudi Arabia says one more man has died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing to 39 the number of deadly cases in the kingdom at the center of the growing outbreak.

WHO holds off raising MERS alert level as Muslim hajj looms

The World Health Organisation Wednesday held off from calling for travel restrictions related to the MERS virus striking hardest in Saudi Arabia, after emergency talks on the mystery illness.

WHO to set up emergency committee on deadly virus MERS-CoV

The World Health Organisation (WHO) will convene an emergency committee next week on the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), a top WHO official said.

MERS-CoV doesn’t yet have pandemic potential: Study

The Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) which was first detected in Saudi Arabia last year does not have pandemic potential yet, according to a new study.