Deadly MERS virus spreads from camels to people only rarely

January 15, 2015 4:30 PM

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Deadly MERS virus spreads from camels to people only rarely

Many camels in Saudi Arabia have been infected with the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), but the virus rarely spreads from the animals to people, a new study says.

The MERS virus first appeared in 2012 and causes a respiratory illness that has killed 30 percent of the people infected with it, but it's not well understood.

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