Friday, November 15, 2013

MERS Infected Camels Quarantined

The MERS virus may be transmissible between humans and camels
Eight camels who are suspected of being infected with the MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) virus have been placed in quarantine, according to the Saudi Ministry of Agriculture.

Two teams have been formed to test the camels, consisting of members of the Saudi Ministries of Health and Agriculture.

According to this report, preliminary tests for the virus were positive and the camels will be held in isolation until further testing is completed. Results are expected in a few days.

The Minister of Health also confirmed that camels from the property of a man from Jeddah, who was recently diagnosed with MERS, have also tested positive in preliminary tests for the virus.

Tests on Saudi camels in August of this year did not show exposure to the virus, but antibodies to the virus were found in camels in Spain and Oman. Recently however, cases of active infection have been found in camels belonging to MERS patients in Saudi Arabia.

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