To stop Mers, longer quarantines may be necessary: Doctors
LONDON (AP) - A detailed look at two cases of a deadly new respiratory virus called Mers suggests people who have the disease should be isolated for at least 12 days to avoid spreading it, doctors reported on Wednesday.
The Sars-like virus was last week renamed Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, or Mers.
The new germ, a respiratory infection, was first seen in the Middle East and so far has sickened more than 40 people worldwide, killing about half of them.
In the report published online in the journal Lancet, French scientists said the first patient visited Dubai. He is thought to have caught Mers there before passing it onto the second patient, who had no travel history and with whom he shared a room for three days.