Middle-age, unhealthy men more likely to get MERS-CoV
"An unusually high number of MERS-CoV cases are males with a median age of 50 years old, who have multiple chronic conditions," Charis Royal, an ASU researcher, said. "SARS-CoV, on the other hand, infects males and females nearly equally, and both healthy and unhealthy individuals can be infected.”
Although MERS-CoV, a viral respiratory illness, infects fewer people, its mortality rate is higher than that of SARS-CoV.
Both of the illnesses are known to spread quickly throughout hospitals with approximately 21 percent of both MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV infections occurring in hospital workers.
Using research from the World Health Organization, scientists intend to understand how MERS-CoV spreads so that they can better treat patients.
"The research conducted in this study focuses on understanding what population of individuals are most likely to become infected by MERS-CoV, compared to the population infected by SARS-CoV," Royal said.