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Emerg Infect Dis. 2013 Nov;19(11):1819-23. doi: 10.3201/eid1911.131172.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus in bats, Saudi Arabia.

Abstract

The source of human infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus remains unknown. Molecular investigation indicated that bats in Saudi Arabia are infected with several alphacoronaviruses and betacoronaviruses. Virus from 1 bat showed 100% nucleotide identity to virus from the human index case-patient. Bats might play a role in human infection.

KEYWORDS:

MERS CoV; Middle East respiratory syndrome; Saudi Arabia; bats; coronavirus; viruses

PMID:
24206838
PMCID:
PMC3837665
DOI:
10.3201/eid1911.131172
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