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Dogs and cats expected to be tested for MERS

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With the outbreak of MERS around the globe, scientists are expected to test dogs and cats for the virus.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome has killed about 200 people around the world since it was first discovered in 2012.

Though researchers believe the virus is carried in camels, the head researcher of a new study suggests other animals like dogs and cats could be carriers too.

Thomas Briese, a Columbia University scientist, said in a recent study that the deaths of people who have never had any contact with camels leads him to believe other domesticated animals could also be carrying the virus.

There is no vaccine for MERS.

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