Science is…Infectious. TEM of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), which is a novel coronavirus (nCoV) first reported on 24 September 2012 by Egyptian virologist Dr. Ali Mohamed Zaki in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He isolated and identified a previously unknown coronavirus from the lungs of a 60-year-old male patient with acute pneumonia and acute renal failure. MERS-CoV is the sixth new type of coronavirus like SARS (but still distinct from it and from the common-cold coronavirus). The virus is here colored yellow and contains characteristic club-like projections emanating from the viral membrane.

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