Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV): challenges in identifying its source and controlling its spread

Microbes Infect. Jul-Aug 2013;15(8-9):625-9. doi: 10.1016/j.micinf.2013.06.003. Epub 2013 Jun 19.


Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), a novel human coronavirus that caused outbreaks of a SARS-like illness in the Middle East, is now considered a threat to global public health. This review discusses the challenges in identifying the source of this fatal virus and developing effective and safe anti-MERS-CoV vaccines and therapeutics in order to control its spread and to combat any future pandemic.

Keywords: Coronavirus; MERS-CoV; SARS-CoV; Source; Therapeutics; Vaccine.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Africa / epidemiology
  • Communicable Disease Control / methods
  • Coronavirus / isolation & purification*
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology*
  • Coronavirus Infections / prevention & control
  • Coronavirus Infections / transmission*
  • Coronavirus Infections / virology
  • Disease Outbreaks*
  • Europe / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Middle East / epidemiology
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / epidemiology*
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / prevention & control
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / transmission*
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / virology