Global Alert and Response (GAR)

Coronavirus infections

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause a range of illnesses in humans, from the common cold to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Viruses in this family also cause a number of animal diseases.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
This strain of coronavirus that causes MERS was first identified in 2012 in Saudi Arabia. Our understanding of the virus and the disease it causes is continuing to evolve.


MERS-CoV highlights