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Emerg Infect Dis. 2014 Jun;20(6):1012-5. doi: 10.3201/eid2006.140402.

Human infection with MERS coronavirus after exposure to infected camels, Saudi Arabia, 2013.

Abstract

We investigated a case of human infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) after exposure to infected camels. Analysis of the whole human-derived virus and 15% of the camel-derived virus sequence yielded nucleotide polymorphism signatures suggestive of cross-species transmission. Camels may act as a direct source of human MERS-CoV infection.

KEYWORDS:

MERS; Middle East respiratory syndrome; Saudi Arabia; coronavirus; dromedary camels; respiratory infections; viruses

PMID:
24857749
PMCID:
PMC4036761
DOI:
10.3201/eid2006.140402
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