New MERS virus spreads easily, deadlier than SARS While SARS was traced to bats before jumping to humans via civet cats, the source of the MERS virus remains a mystery. It is most closely related to a bat virus though some experts suspect people may be getting sick from animals like camels or goats. Another hypothesis is that infected bats may be contaminating foods like dates, commonly harvested and eaten in Saudi Arabia.
June 19, 2013 - Evansville Courier & Press
Loren Coleman in AOL News My guess is this animal is either an Asian palm or Himalayan palm civet,Coleman told AOL News. "It's a kind of weasel-like animal that eats other small animals. Civets are really an animal all to themselves."