Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS): Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 9/17/2019

MERS, or Middle East respiratory syndrome, is a respiratory disease. The disease was first described in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and has since spread to other parts of the world.

Some people infected with MERS-CoV do not have symptoms at all or only have mild symptoms. Others develop flu-like symptoms that can be severe or even life-threatening. Signs and symptoms associated with MERS can include

Of the people worldwide who have been reported with this condition, about 36% have died from the disease.

Cause of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS)

Infection with a type of coronavirus causes the disease.

Other middle east respiratory syndrome (mers) symptoms

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