SARS coronavirus treatments could treat MERS-CoV
The paper reviewed the experience with different treatment modalities of SARS. The two viruses are both coronaviruses and result in pneumonia as the most significant sign. Eskild Peterson, a clinical associate professor with Aarhus University in Denmark, said the review could make it easier to determine potential treatments for MERS-CoV.
"The publication of this paper is important and particularly timely because the two viruses are similar and there is a high probability that a treatment which worked for SARS, also could work for MERS-CoV," Petersen said. "Providing a review of published treatment series for SARS will make it much easier to determine possible treatments for MERS-CoV and avoid treatments which do not work."
Since the MERS-CoV was discovered about a year ago, there were more than 90 patients infected in the Middle East. Approximately half of all patients died as a result of the infection.
The SARS coronavirus caused a global outbreak 10 years ago, spreading in China, Canada and Hong Kong before it faded out from the use of public health tools like quarantine and isolation.