MERS stands for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.
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What is MERS?
MERS is a virus that is closely related to SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), which was a virus that caused a global outbreak in 2003. MERS is spread through close contact with an infected person, including through air droplets from an infected person’s mouth or nose. The virus can also be spread through contact with objects or surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus.
People who are most at risk of getting MERS are health care workers who may be exposed to the virus when caring for an infected patient, and people who are travelling to areas where the virus is spreading. There has been one reported case of MERS in the United States, and there is currently no known cure for MERS.
There is no specific treatment for MERS, but people who are infected can try to reduce their exposure to the virus by avoiding close contact with people who are sick, washing their hands often, and preventing exposure to droplets from the mouth or nose of others. People who are worried about whether they might have MERS should talk to their doctor.