Mers virus match seen in Saudi Arabian bat: Study
ATLANTA (AP) - Scientists have found the mysterious Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) virus in a bat in Saudi Arabia.
An international research team said the bat virus is an exact match to the first known human case of Mers. The sample was collected from within a few miles of that patient's home.
The discovery reported on Wednesday is considered an important development in the search for the origin of Mers, a deadly respiratory illness that is worrying health officials around the world.
But it's likely that something else - perhaps another animal - is spreading the virus directly to humans, said Dr Ziad Memish, Saudi Arabia's Deputy Minister of Health and lead author of the report.