File - A colorized transmission of the MERS coronavirus that emerged in 2012 (AP Photo/National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases via The Canadian Press)
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Little is understood about MERS, the respiratory virus that has killed 126 in Saudi Arabia and has now arrived in Lebanon.At the airport, thermal imaging scanners are being erected to detect signs of fever, a symptom of MERS.But all of this must be accompanied by a widespread awareness campaign, so that everyone across Lebanon, and not just those with access to and an appetite for news, are informed about the characteristics and symptoms of this potentially fatal virus before it is too late.
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