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Emerg Infect Dis. 2014 Dec;20(12):2093-5. doi: 10.3201/eid2012.141026.

MERS coronavirus neutralizing antibodies in camels, Eastern Africa, 1983-1997.

Abstract

To analyze the distribution of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)-seropositive dromedary camels in eastern Africa, we tested 189 archived serum samples accumulated during the past 30 years. We identified MERS-CoV neutralizing antibodies in 81.0% of samples from the main camel-exporting countries, Sudan and Somalia, suggesting long-term virus circulation in these animals.

PMID:
25425139
PMCID:
PMC4257824
DOI:
10.3201/eid2012.141026
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