Human Infection with MERS coronavirus after exposure to infected camels, Saudi Arabia, 2013

Ziad A Memish, Matthew Cotten, Benjamin Meyer, Simon J. Watson, Abdullah J. Alsahafi, Abdullah A. Al-Rabeeah, Victor Max Corman, Andrea Sieberg, Hatem Q. Makhdoom, Abdullah Assiri, Malaki Al Masri, Souhaib Aldabbagh, Berend Jan Bosch, Martin Beer, Marcel A. Müller, Paul Kellam, Christian Drosten

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Abstract

We investigated a case of human infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) after exposure to infected camels. Analysis of the whole human-derived virus and 15% of the camel-derived virus sequence yielded nucleotide polymorphism signatures suggestive of cross-species transmission. Camels may act as a direct source of human MERS-CoV infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1012-1015
Number of pages4
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Volume20
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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