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Study Identifies Camel As Source Of MERS Infection In Saudi Man

News outlets report on a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine supporting the theory that camels are a source of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus.

Associated Press: Study documents MERS spread from camel to person
“A new report offers the strongest evidence yet that a mysterious Middle East virus spreads from camels to people…” (Stobbe, 6/4).

HealthDay News: Camels Confirmed as Source of Human MERS Infection
“…The scientists report they matched genetic samples from the virus that killed a Saudi man last November to virus samples present in one of nine camels that he owned…” (Reinberg, 6/4).

Reuters: Saudi study strengthens case against camels in MERS outbreak
“…In a study which reinforces the case against camels as the prime suspects for transmitting the deadly virus from the animal world into people, researchers said that in this case it was highly likely the animal’s nasal secretions were to blame…” (Kelland, 6/4).

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