In 2003, a novel coronavirus emerged from China and swept across the globe, causing deadly illness. More than 8,000 people fell ill with severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and 774 died. The SARS coronavirus drew the collective focus of researchers throughout the world, but the disease disappeared quickly. No cases of SARS have been reported since 2004. In 2012, a new coronavirus emerged, causing an illness similar to SARS. Again, researchers at NIAID and across the globe have initiated studies to understand the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)—and how to stop it.
Media Availability: NIH Scientists and Colleagues Successfully Test MERS Vaccine in Monkeys and Camels—Aug. 19, 2015
Media Availability: Experimental MERS Vaccine Shows Promise in Animal Studies—July 28, 2015
Media Availability: NIH Study Supports Camels as Primary Source of MERS-CoV Transmission—Sept. 24, 2014
Media Availability: NIH Scientists Establish New Monkey Model of Severe MERS-CoV Disease—Aug. 21, 2014
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