"Deadly Middle East Coronavirus Found In An Egyptian Tomb Bat"

"For nearly a year, disease detectives around the world have been trying to track down the source of a mysterious new virus in the Middle East that has infected 96 people and killed 47 since September."

"Now it looks like they've pinpointed at least one place where the virus is hiding out.

Scientists at Columbia University have detected the Middle East respiratory syndrome virus, or MERS, in a bat near the home of a man who died from the disease. The team found a small fragment of the virus's genes in the animal that matches perfectly with those seen in the patient."

Michaeleen Doucleff reports for NPR's Shots blog August 21, 2013.



"Mystery Virus That’s Killed 47 Is Tied to Bats in Saudi Arabia" (New York Times)

Source: NY Times, 08/22/2013