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Emerg Infect Dis. 2014 Jun;20(6):1049-53. doi: 10.3201/eid2006.140299.

MERS coronaviruses in dromedary camels, Egypt.

Abstract

We identified the near-full-genome sequence (29,908 nt, >99%) of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) from a nasal swab specimen from a dromedary camel in Egypt. We found that viruses genetically very similar to human MERS-CoV are infecting dromedaries beyond the Arabian Peninsula, where human MERS-CoV infections have not yet been detected.

KEYWORDS:

Egypt; MERS; MERS-CoV; Middle East respiratory syndrome; camel; coronaviruses; dromedary; genomics; phylogeny; pneumonia; viruses; zoonosis

PMID:
24856660
PMCID:
PMC4036765
DOI:
10.3201/eid2006.140299
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