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Euro Surveill. 2015;20(49). doi: 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2015.20.49.30086.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in dromedary camels in Nigeria, 2015.

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Abstract

Evidence of current and past Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in dromedary camels slaughtered at an abattoir in Kano, Nigeria in January 2015, was sought by reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) and serology. MERS-CoV RNA was detected in 14 (11%) of 132 nasal swabs and antibody in 126 (96%) of 131 serum samples. Phylogenetic analyses demonstrate that the viruses in Nigeria are genetically distinct from those reported in the Arabian peninsula.

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Middle East respiratory syndrome - MERS; PCR; coronavirus; dromedary; phylogenetics; serology

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