Study finds MERS may have origins in African bats

07/25/2013 | ScienceDaily

Scientists have identified a coronavirus that is more genetically similar to the deadly new Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus than any current virus. They found the new virus in the feces of a South African bat. MERS has killed about 50 of the 90 people known to be infected so far, and scientists think the virus moved from bats to an intermediate animal species and then to humans.

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