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Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) electron micrograph
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus electron micrograph (image CDC)


First reported in Wuhan, China in 2019[1] and it is too soon to establish the possible fetal teratogenic effects of infection.[2]

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Coronaviruses (Latin corona = crown or halo) name refers to the appearance of their virions, due to the presence of a "crown" of surface spikes. Several of the coronavirus infections in humans occur initially as respiratory infections that originated from animal contact as a zoonotic infection.


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  1. Lu H, Stratton CW & Tang YW. (2020). Outbreak of Pneumonia of Unknown Etiology in Wuhan China: the Mystery and the Miracle. J. Med. Virol. , , . PMID: 31950516 DOI.
  2. Hui DS, I Azhar E, Madani TA, Ntoumi F, Kock R, Dar O, Ippolito G, Mchugh TD, Memish ZA, Drosten C, Zumla A & Petersen E. (2020). The continuing 2019-nCoV epidemic threat of novel coronaviruses to global health - The latest 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China. Int. J. Infect. Dis. , 91, 264-266. PMID: 31953166 DOI.
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