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As MERS hits U.S., scientists search for causes, treatments
As MERS hits U.S., scientists search for causes, treatments

As two cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, emerged in the United States, scientists said they remained concerned about the deadly virus — but that they were getting closer to understanding how it spreads, and how doctors might someday treat patients who are infected with it. “I’m optimistic that we’ll get this under control,” said Columbia University epidemiologist W. Ian Lipkin.  “I think we’ll be able to stop this outbreak.” Characterized by fever, respiratory problems and kidney disease, MERS was first detected in a Saudi patient in 2012.  In the two years since, 145 people have died from the ailment —...

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