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Emerg Infect Dis. 2015 Jun;21(6):1019-22. doi: 10.3201/eid2106.150038.

Acute middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus infection in livestock Dromedaries, Dubai, 2014.

Abstract

Camels carry Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, but little is known about infection age or prevalence. We studied >800 dromedaries of all ages and 15 mother-calf pairs. This syndrome constitutes an acute, epidemic, and time-limited infection in camels <4 years of age, particularly calves. Delayed social separation of calves might reduce human infection risk.

KEYWORDS:

Dubai; MERS-CoV; Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus; camels; coronavirus; dromedaries; livestock; transmission; viruses

PMID:
25989145
PMCID:
PMC4451903
DOI:
10.3201/eid2106.150038
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