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Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS or MERS-CoV)

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory illness first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. It is caused by a coronavirus called MERS-CoV. Most people who have been confirmed to have MERS-CoV infection developed severe acute respiratory illness. They had fever, cough and shortness of breath. About 30% of these people died. As of May 28, 2014, there have been 2 cases of MERS confirmed in the United States. DHMH and the Maryland local health departments continue to work with health care providers and others to investigate possible MERS cases. MERS has not been identified in any Maryland residents.