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Emerg Infect Dis. 2014 Aug;20(8):1319-22. doi: 10.3201/eid2008.140596.

Antibodies against MERS coronavirus in dromedary camels, Kenya, 1992-2013.

Abstract

Dromedary camels are a putative source for human infections with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus. We showed that camels sampled in different regions in Kenya during 1992-2013 have antibodies against this virus. High densities of camel populations correlated with increased seropositivity and might be a factor in predicting long-term virus maintenance.

KEYWORDS:

Kenya; MERS-CoV; Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus; antibodies; coronavirus; dromedary camels; reservoir; seroprevalence; viruses; zoonoses

PMID:
25075637
PMCID:
PMC4111164
DOI:
10.3201/eid2008.140596
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