MERS Virus Discovered In Air Samples

(Undated) -- The Middle East Respiratory Virus known as MERS may be transmitted by air. Scientists studying the deadly disease found gene fragments of the virus in air samples taken from a camel barn in Saudi Arabia. They say the disturbing discovery points to possible airborne transmission. The more than 800 known cases of MERS infection were thought to involve contaminated body fluids. Along with expressing its concern, the American Society of Microbiologists wants more research done on the air samples.