MERS Can Be Transmitted From Camel to Human, Study Confirms

Vienna virologists report finding coronavirus almost identical in both from same region By Robert Preidt, HealthDay – New research has confirmed that camels can transmit the deadly MERS virus to people. Virologists at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria, found that the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome viruses in camels and people in the same geographical region are almost genetically identical, according to the study. The study, published in the journal Eurosurveillance, also showed that MERS levels were especially high in camels’ eyes and noses, and the researchers believe that people are most likely to be infected through contact with these sites, especially nasal discharge. MERS was first identified in June 2012; Arabian camels were recently identified as the source of the respiratory virus. To date, there have been 401 confirmed cases of MERS in 12 countries, but all the cases originated in six countries in the Arabian Peninsula. More...

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