alexa Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-CoV): An Updated Overview and Pharmacotherapeutics

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Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-CoV): An Updated Overview and Pharmacotherapeutics

In 2012, a novel human coronavirus (CoV) associated with severe respiratory tract infection, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) was first recognized and since then 1401 patients were infected across the world (26 countries) with this virus, 543 (~39%) of which died. The diseases present severe respiratory infection often with shock, acute kidney injury and coagulopathy. Its human-to-human transmission through close contact has raised a global concern about its potential pandemic. This review describes the strategies used to develop effective pharmacotherapeutics for MERS-CoV, which are based on the experience gained from SARS-CoV outbreak in 2003.

Citation: Pillaiyar T, Manickam M, Jung SH (2015) Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-CoV): An Updated Overview and Pharmacotherapeutics. Med chem 5:361-372. doi: 10.4172/2161-0444.1000287

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