Camel virus claims human lives

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has infected 182 people, killing 79, since the first human case was recorded in 2012, according to the World Health Organization.

The virus has been presumed to be zoonotic since antibodies were found in camels in areas where human cases emerged.

Now, a nationwide Saudi Arabian study, supported by the US National Institutes of Health, has confirmed antibodies to MERS-CoV in 74% of tested dromedary camels but not in any domestic goats or sheep.

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