Part of the book: Current Perspectives in HIV Infection
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is a single-stranded RNA-enveloped virus that belongs to the Coronaviridae family. Initially reported in 2012 in Saudi Arabia, MERS-CoV is a zoonotic virus originating from bats and transmitted from camels to humans and among humans by contact. It causes both upper and lower respiratory tract infections and in some instances can lead to renal failure or death. This chapter provides an overview of the virologic aspects, outbreaks and risk factors, clinical symptoms, diagnostic methods, as well as prevention and management of MERS-CoV infection.
Part of the book: Viral Outbreaks