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An electron microscope image shows the MERS virus, colorized in yellow. The mysterious new respiratory virus that originated in the Middle East spreads easily between people and appears more deadly than SARS, doctors say. (AP Photo/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases-Rocky Mountain Laboratories)

An electron microscope image shows the MERS virus, colorized in yellow. The mysterious new respiratory virus that originated in the Middle East spreads easily between people and appears more deadly than SARS, doctors say. (AP Photo/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases-Rocky Mountain Laboratories)

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