The MERS virus.
MERS (Middle Earth Respiratory Virus)
A new spike in cases of a deadly respiratory virus, in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, is prompting new fears of an outbreak when the area’s population spikes during the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
The syndrome, called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), is caused by a relatively new-to-humans virus that’s a close cousin of SARS, a virus that infected thousands of people worldwide in 2002-2004.
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