: a serious viral respiratory illness that is marked by fever, cough, and shortness of breath and that may often progress to severe pneumonia with acute respiratory distress syndrome and organ failure

Note: MERS is caused by a coronavirus (species Middle East respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus of the genus Betacoronavirus) related to the causative virus of SARS. The first cases of MERS appeared in Saudi Arabia and most cases originate from countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula.

see mers-cov

Examples of MERS in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The current list includes: COVID-19; Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever; Ebola virus disease and Marburg virus disease; Lassa fever; Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and SARS; Nipah and henipaviral diseases; Rift Valley fever; Zika; Disease X. 3. Tribune News Service, Hartford Courant, 17 Jan. 2024 During his tenure in public service, Fauci helped guide public policy on HIV/AIDS, SARS, MERS, avian influenza, swine flu, Zika and Ebola. Andrea Wurzburger, Peoplemag, 4 Dec. 2023 The first report of MERS, a disease caused by a camel coronavirus that pops up sporadically on the Arabian Peninsula, was published in 2012 by ProMED. Helen Branswell, STAT, 28 Aug. 2023 During his tenure in public service, Fauci helped guide public policy on HIV/AIDS, SARS, MERS, avian influenza, swine flu, Zika, and Ebola. Cara Lynn Shultz, Peoplemag, 27 June 2023 This is in reference to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which resulted in a global outbreak in 2003 and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), which caused an outbreak in 2012. Bymary Kekatos, ABC News, 27 Feb. 2023 Then there was Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, which emerged in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and was responsible for at least 858 deaths. Karen Kaplanscience and Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 21 Feb. 2023 One of their first targets for such a vaccine was a relative of SARS-CoV-2, the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 20 Feb. 2023 Both noted that this new disease bore eerie similarities to SARS and MERS, which each killed hundreds. Debra Kamin, New York Times, 9 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle East respiratory syndrome

First Known Use

2013, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of MERS was in 2013

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“MERS.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/MERS. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

MERS

noun
: a serious viral respiratory illness that is marked by fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and that may often progress to severe pneumonia with acute respiratory distress syndrome and organ failure

Note: MERS is caused by a coronavirus (species Middle East respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus of the genus Betacoronavirus) related to the causative virus of SARS. The first cases of MERS appeared in Saudi Arabia and most cases originate from countries in or near the Arabian peninsula.

For some patients, the route of infection is completely unclear. Still, most scientists now believe that camels are the key to controlling MERS.Martin Enserink, Science

called also Middle East respiratory syndrome

see mers-cov
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