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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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1
Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
2
Division of Viral Diseases, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia.
3
Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Abstract

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.

KEYWORDS:

MERS; asymptomatic; mild; prolonged detection; virus isolation

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