Camels implicated as possible hosts of MERS virus

Camels implicated as possible hosts of MERS virus

Antibodies to mysterious pathogen found in animals in Oman, Canary Islands

By Tina Hesman Saey, 18:17 PM August 8, 2013

Camels may be intermediate hosts of a mysterious and deadly respiratory virus related to SARS that has sickened 94 people, killing 46, in parts of the Middle East, Europe and northern Africa.

Last year, the virus — now known as the Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, coronavirus — revealed itself to scientists after a few people became sick with severe pneumonia (SN: 3/23/13, p. 5). After examining the virus’s DNA, researchers discovered that the pathogen is related to similar viruses t...

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