The MERS virus has been found in camels, but officials don't know how it is spreading to humans. It can spread from person to person, but officials believe that happens only after close contact. Not all those exposed to the virus become ill. It appears to be unusually lethal — by some estimates, it has killed nearly a third of the people it sickened. That's a far higher percentage than seasonal flu or other routine infections. But it is not as contagious as flu, measles or other diseases. There is no vaccine or cure and there's no specific treatment except to relieve symptoms.
Maziar Divangahi, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and an Associate Member, Dept. Microbiology & Immunology at McGill University, Meakins-Christie Laboratories
Expertise: cellular and molecular mechanisms of host defense against Influenza and Mycobacterium tuberculosis
*Prof. Divangahi may be interviewed in English
e-mail: maziar.divangahi [at] mcgill.ca
Story link, The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/may/12/fresh-mers-virus-warning-issued
More on MERS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/CORONAVIRUS/MERS/INDEX.HTML