Thursday, August 22, 2013

Camels Suspected of Spreading Deadly MERS Virus

August 10, 2013 
Camels have been shown to carry the MERS virus
image from http://www.cidrap.umn.edu
  • Camels are suspected to be carriers of Middle East Respitory Syndrome (MERS, previously called Novel Coronavirus) and may be responsible for some human infections.
  • MERS has sickened at least 94 people worldwide and claimed 46 lives.
According to this BBC report, infected camels may be capable of passing the virus to humans. Blood samples were taken from livestock worldwide. Antibodies to the virus were discovered in camels from Oman and Spain, suggesting the virus has become widespread in that region. Antibodies were not found in sheep, goats, cattle or other animals.

Originally published in Bits-n-Bytes:Technology Made Simple

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