from Off Grid Survival:
In a research paper published Tuesday on the American Society of Microbiology website, World Health Origination (WHO) scientists are suggesting that the deadly MERS virus may have gone airborne.
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is viral respiratory illness first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012 that has a mortality rate of 30%. There have been 836 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS infection since its first appearance in 2012, and at least 288 deaths. Prior to this week’s announcement, the virus was mainly limited to healthcare workers who had extremely close contact with infected patients.
According to CNN, Researchers from King Fahd Medical Research Center in Saudi Arabia collected three air samples from a camel barn where an infected worker was thought to have caught the virus from a camel. After analyzing the air sample, the scientists found one strain of MERS RNA, the viral genome.
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