Transmission electron micrograph of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus.

FREDERICK, Md. -- A small clinical study overseen by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) with support from the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research has found that an experimental treatment for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), an illness for which there is no licensed vaccine or treatment, is safe and well-tolerated in healthy volunteers. The study is also the first to demonstrate the safety of a treatment using antibodies manufactured from the plasma of cattle. 

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