The MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) virus is a new type of coronavirus, and most MERS virus infections occur in Saudi Arabia. MERS-CoV was first discovered in Saudi Arabia in September 2012. It is similar to the SARS virus in its clinical symptoms. It was also named SARS-like virus in the early days. It is the sixth known human coronavirus. MERS-CoV is often confused with SARS, but in fact both viruses belong to the coronavirus, but they are genetically distinct and they use different receptors when infecting humans.
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Virus; MERS-CoV; Nidovirales; Coronaviridae; Coronavirus; MERS coronavirus