MERS-CoV Antibodies in Humans, Africa, 2013-2014.
Dromedaries in Africa and elsewhere carry the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). To search for evidence of autochthonous MERS-CoV infection in humans, we tested archived serum from livestock handlers in Kenya for MERS-CoV antibodies. Serologic evidence of infection was confirmed for 2 persons sampled in 2013 and 2014.
AdolescentAdultAfricaAgedAged, 80 and overAnimalsAntibodies, ViralChildChild, PreschoolCoronavirus InfectionsEnzyme-Linked Immunosorbent AssayFarmersFemaleHistory, 21st CenturyHumansMaleMiddle AgedMiddle East Respiratory Syndrome CoronavirusOccupational ExposurePopulation SurveillanceSeroepidemiologic StudiesYoung Adult