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MERS coronavirus: diagnostics, epidemiology and transmission

Overview of attention for article published in Virology Journal, December 2015
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Title
MERS coronavirus: diagnostics, epidemiology and transmission
Published in
Virology Journal, December 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12985-015-0439-5
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Authors

Ian M. Mackay, Katherine E. Arden

Abstract

The first known cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), associated with infection by a novel coronavirus (CoV), occurred in 2012 in Jordan but were reported retrospectively. The case first to be publicly reported was from Jeddah, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Since then, MERS-CoV sequences have been found in a bat and in many dromedary camels (DC). MERS-CoV is enzootic in DC across the Arabian Peninsula and in parts of Africa, causing mild upper respiratory tract illness in its camel reservoir and sporadic, but relatively rare human infections. Precisely how virus transmits to humans remains unknown but close and lengthy exposure appears to be a requirement. The KSA is the focal point of MERS, with the majority of human cases. In humans, MERS is mostly known as a lower respiratory tract (LRT) disease involving fever, cough, breathing difficulties and pneumonia that may progress to acute respiratory distress syndrome, multiorgan failure and death in 20 % to 40 % of those infected. However, MERS-CoV has also been detected in mild and influenza-like illnesses and in those with no signs or symptoms. Older males most obviously suffer severe disease and MERS patients often have comorbidities. Compared to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), another sometimes- fatal zoonotic coronavirus disease that has since disappeared, MERS progresses more rapidly to respiratory failure and acute kidney injury (it also has an affinity for growth in kidney cells under laboratory conditions), is more frequently reported in patients with underlying disease and is more often fatal. Most human cases of MERS have been linked to lapses in infection prevention and control (IPC) in healthcare settings, with approximately 20 % of all virus detections reported among healthcare workers (HCWs) and higher exposures in those with occupations that bring them into close contact with camels. Sero-surveys have found widespread evidence of past infection in adult camels and limited past exposure among humans. Sensitive, validated reverse transcriptase real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-rtPCR)-based diagnostics have been available almost from the start of the emergence of MERS. While the basic virology of MERS-CoV has advanced over the past three years, understanding of the interplay between camel, environment, and human remains limited.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 3 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Unknown 500 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 93 18%
Student > Master 80 16%
Researcher 63 13%
Student > Ph. D. Student 43 9%
Student > Postgraduate 27 5%
Other 83 16%
Unknown 115 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 99 20%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 57 11%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 56 11%
Nursing and Health Professions 27 5%
Immunology and Microbiology 26 5%
Other 102 20%
Unknown 137 27%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 55. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 30 November 2020.
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#466,665
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Outputs from Virology Journal
#23
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#11,994
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Outputs of similar age from Virology Journal
#3
of 181 outputs
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