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Vaccine for Mers coronavirus 'looks promising'


BBC News
By Smitha Mundasad
Health Reporter

A prototype vaccine against the lung infection Mers coronavirus has shown promising results, scientists say.

The study, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, suggests the vaccine guards against the disease in monkeys and camels.

Researchers hope with more work it could be turned into a jab for humans.

Mers has infected 1,400 people and claimed 500 lives since 2012. But no specific treatment or preventative medicines exist.

In the majority of cases, individuals are thought to have caught Mers (Middle-East respiratory syndrome) through close contact with infected patients in hospital.

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