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MERS-CoV in Upper Respiratory Tract and Lungs of Dromedary Camels, Saudi Arabia, 2013-2014.
Emerg Infect Dis. 2015 Jul; 21(7):1153-8.EI

Abstract

To assess the temporal dynamics of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in dromedary camels, specimens were collected at 1-2 month intervals from 2 independent groups of animals during April 2013-May 2014 in Al-Ahsa Province, Saudi Arabia, and tested for MERS-CoV RNA by reverse transcription PCR. Of 96 live camels, 28 (29.2%) nasal swab samples were positive; of 91 camel carcasses, 56 (61.5%) lung tissue samples were positive. Positive samples were more commonly found among young animals (<4 years of age) than adults (>4 years of age). The proportions of positive samples varied by month for both groups; detection peaked during November 2013 and January 2014 and declined in March and May 2014. These findings further our understanding of MERS-CoV infection in dromedary camels and may help inform intervention strategies to reduce zoonotic infections.

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Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

26079346

Citation

Khalafalla, Abdelmalik I., et al. "MERS-CoV in Upper Respiratory Tract and Lungs of Dromedary Camels, Saudi Arabia, 2013-2014." Emerging Infectious Diseases, vol. 21, no. 7, 2015, pp. 1153-8.
Khalafalla AI, Lu X, Al-Mubarak AI, et al. MERS-CoV in Upper Respiratory Tract and Lungs of Dromedary Camels, Saudi Arabia, 2013-2014. Emerg Infect Dis. 2015;21(7):1153-8.
Khalafalla, A. I., Lu, X., Al-Mubarak, A. I., Dalab, A. H., Al-Busadah, K. A., & Erdman, D. D. (2015). MERS-CoV in Upper Respiratory Tract and Lungs of Dromedary Camels, Saudi Arabia, 2013-2014. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 21(7), 1153-8. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2107.150070
Khalafalla AI, et al. MERS-CoV in Upper Respiratory Tract and Lungs of Dromedary Camels, Saudi Arabia, 2013-2014. Emerg Infect Dis. 2015;21(7):1153-8. PubMed PMID: 26079346.
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TY - JOUR T1 - MERS-CoV in Upper Respiratory Tract and Lungs of Dromedary Camels, Saudi Arabia, 2013-2014. AU - Khalafalla,Abdelmalik I, AU - Lu,Xiaoyan, AU - Al-Mubarak,Abdullah I A, AU - Dalab,Abdul Hafeed S, AU - Al-Busadah,Khalid A S, AU - Erdman,Dean D, PY - 2015/6/17/entrez PY - 2015/6/17/pubmed PY - 2016/3/18/medline KW - MERS-CoV KW - Middle East Respiratory syndrome KW - Saudi Arabia KW - abattoir KW - coronavirus KW - dromedary camels KW - viruses KW - zoonoses SP - 1153 EP - 8 JF - Emerging infectious diseases JO - Emerg Infect Dis VL - 21 IS - 7 N2 - To assess the temporal dynamics of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in dromedary camels, specimens were collected at 1-2 month intervals from 2 independent groups of animals during April 2013-May 2014 in Al-Ahsa Province, Saudi Arabia, and tested for MERS-CoV RNA by reverse transcription PCR. Of 96 live camels, 28 (29.2%) nasal swab samples were positive; of 91 camel carcasses, 56 (61.5%) lung tissue samples were positive. Positive samples were more commonly found among young animals (<4 years of age) than adults (>4 years of age). The proportions of positive samples varied by month for both groups; detection peaked during November 2013 and January 2014 and declined in March and May 2014. These findings further our understanding of MERS-CoV infection in dromedary camels and may help inform intervention strategies to reduce zoonotic infections. SN - 1080-6059 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/26079346/MERS_CoV_in_Upper_Respiratory_Tract_and_Lungs_of_Dromedary_Camels_Saudi_Arabia_2013_2014_ L2 - https://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid2107.150070 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -