MERS is not a newly exist Disease. This deadly viral disease originally from the Middle-East which has claimed its first victim was from South-East Asia, killing a Malaysian man who returned from pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, the World Health Organization. MERS or also known as Middle East Respiratory from Saudi Arabia that has killed 77 of the 180 people who have contracted it, has so far eluded researchers. It infects humans by binding to a protein, called DPP4, that sits on the surface of cells in the lungs.
to read more about how this disease spread throughout south-east Asia, clink the link below: http://www.nature.com/news//biologist-make-first-mouse-model-for-mers-1.14634