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Emerg Infect Dis. 2015 Aug;21(8):1422-5. doi: 10.3201/eid2108.150481.

Occupational Exposure to Dromedaries and Risk for MERS-CoV Infection, Qatar, 2013-2014.

Abstract

We determined the presence of neutralizing antibodies to Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus in persons in Qatar with and without dromedary contact. Antibodies were only detected in those with contact, suggesting dromedary exposure as a risk factor for infection. Findings also showed evidence for substantial underestimation of the infection in populations at risk in Qatar.

KEYWORDS:

MERS; MERS-CoV; Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus; Qatar; camels; contact; coronavirus; dromedaries; epidemiology; exposure; infectious; risk; transmission; viruses; zoonoses

PMID:
26196891
PMCID:
PMC4517733
DOI:
10.3201/eid2108.150481
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