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Open Forum Infect Dis. 2018 May 15;5(6):ofy111. doi: 10.1093/ofid/ofy111. eCollection 2018 Jun.

Infectious MERS-CoV Isolated From a Mildly Ill Patient, Saudi Arabia.

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Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Division of Viral Diseases, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia.
Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.


Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is associated with a wide range of clinical presentations, from asymptomatic or mildly ill to severe respiratory illness including death. We describe isolation of infectious MERS-CoV from the upper respiratory tract of a mildly ill 27-year-old female in Saudi Arabia 15 days after illness onset.


MERS; asymptomatic; mild; prolonged detection; virus isolation

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