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Description:Produced by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), this highly-magnified, digitally-colorized transmission electron microscopic (TEM) image reveals ultrastructural details exhibited by a number of spherical-shaped Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) virions. For a closer view of these virus particles, see PHIL 18110. Please see the Flickr link below for additional NIAID photomicrographs of the MERS-CoV.
(MERS-CoV) was identified in 2012 as the cause of respiratory illness in people. Investigations are being done to figure out the source of MERS-CoV and how it spreads. So far, there are no reports of anyone in the U.S. getting infected with MERS-CoV.

Most people who got infected with MERS-CoV developed severe acute respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. About half of them died. Some people were reported as having a mild respiratory illness.

MERS-CoV has been shown to spread between people who are in close contact. Transmission from infected patients to healthcare personnel has also been observed. Clusters of cases in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the UK, France, Tunisia, and Italy are being investigated.

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Content Providers(s):National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Creation Date:2014
Photo Credit:National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Links:NIH - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID); Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Research
CDC - National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Division of Viral Diseases; Coronavirus: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)
Flickr – National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID); MERS-CoV
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Copyright Restrictions:None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions. As a matter of courtesy we request that the content provider be credited and notified in any public or private usage of this image.

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