No Cure for MERS

Middle East respiratory syndrome virus, a deadly infectious disease found overseas, likely to spread

December 18, 2013
by Shannon Firth
U.S. News & World Report

Middle East respiratory syndrome virus, (MERS) is an emerging infectious disease without a cure. Symptoms of the disease include fever, cough and shortness of breath. While there have been no cases reported in the U.S., the virus remains a serious threat.

"We still don't fully understand that virus, and how it's spreading, and we don't have tools yet in place to treat it or prevent it with vaccine," says Tom Inglesby, director and CEO of the Center for Health Security at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

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