Coordinated research needed on MERS

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Dr. Serena Reeder, a scientist with the HHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Credit: Chris Black, World Health Organization

Health experts and veterinarians are saying that more research needs to be carried out to understand the transmission of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

Over 600 people have caught the illness which, it's thought, originated in the Gulf States; of those 200 have died.

Doctors understand how it is transmitted between humans but it's still unclear how it is contracted from animals.

Dr. Juan Lubroth is the Chief Veterinary Officer at the Food and Agriculture Organization.

Sandra Ferrari asked him how MERS affects humans.

Duration: 2'38"

 

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