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Korean MERS virus is not a mutation, say experts

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3243 (Published 12 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3243
  1. Dinsa Sachan
  1. 1Seoul

Korean scientists have said that the virus causing the severe outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome in their country has not undergone significant mutation.

MERS has killed 10 people so far in South Korea, and 122 cases of the disease have been confirmed. The first case was diagnosed on 20 May.1 South Korea is experiencing the biggest outbreak of the disease outside Saudi Arabia, where the first case of MERS was reported in 2012. Symptoms of MERS include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

MERS is a type of coronavirus. The outbreak of severe acute respiratory …

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