"Saudi health officials are stepping up efforts to fight the Middle East respiratory symptom coronavirus, or MERS-CoV, after a recent spike in cases. Saudi Arabia confirmed more than 50 cases of the virus in the past week, at least seven of which were fatal. The Saudi Health Ministry says 13 new cases were reported Monday alone, bringing the total to 257."
"The virus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome — an often-lethal lung disease related to SARS — has been found in a pet camel belonging to a recent human victim, Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry announced Monday. The discovery adds credence to the prevailing theory that the virus originates in bats but usually reaches humans through camels."