Coronaviruses as viewed under an electron microscope. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
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The first case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome was detected in Lebanon, Health Minister Wael Abu Faour said Thursday.The MERS virus, which causes coughing, fever and pneumonia, has killed some 117 people in Saudi Arabia since it was detected in September 2012 .Earlier, Abu Faour gave an order to activate scanners to detect cases of MERS among travelers arriving at Beirut airport.Abu Faour has said that Lebanese hospitals are ready to handle patients who have the virus.
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