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Understanding Middle East respiratory syndrome

Rolston, Kenneth V.I., MD

Journal of the American Academy of PAs: July 2015 - Volume 28 - Issue 7 - p 52–54
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000466591.41090.5e
Special Topics in Infectious Diseas
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Middle East respiratory syndrome is an infection caused by a novel coronavirus. The primary source of the virus is infected camels in several countries in the Arabian peninsula. The infection is acquired by coming into contact with infected animals, animal products, or with patients who have the syndrome. Mortality for this syndrome is 30% to 40%, and treatment is supportive because no antiviral therapy exists.

Kenneth V.I. Rolston is a professor of medicine at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Tex. The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Roy A. Borchardt, PA-C, PhD, department editor

Copyright © 2015 American Academy of Physician Assistants
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