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Emerg Infect Dis. Antibodies against MERS Coronavirus in Dromedary Camels, Kenya, 1992–2013

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  • Emerg Infect Dis. Antibodies against MERS Coronavirus in Dromedary Camels, Kenya, 1992–2013

    [Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal, full page: (LINK). Abstract, edited.]


    Volume 20, Number 8—August 2014 / Dispatch

    Antibodies against MERS Coronavirus in Dromedary Camels, Kenya, 1992–2013

    Victor M. Corman, Joerg Jores, Benjamin Meyer, Mario Younan, Anne Liljander, Mohammed Y. Said, Ilona Gluecks, Erik Lattwein, Berend-Jan Bosch, Jan Felix Drexler, Set Bornstein, Christian Drosten, and Marcel A. Müller

    Author affiliations: University of Bonn Medical Centre, Bonn, Germany (V.M. Corman, B. Meyer, J.F. Drexler, C. Drosten, M.A. Müller); International Livestock Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya (J. Jores, A. Liljander, M.Y. Said); Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Germany, Nairobi (M. Younan); Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Suisse, Nairobi (I. Gluecks); EUROIMMUN AG, Lübeck, Germany (E. Lattwein); Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands (B.-J. Bosch); National Veterinary Institute, Uppsala, Sweden (S. Bornstein)


    Abstract

    Dromedary camels are a putative source for human infections with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus. We showed that camels sampled in different regions in Kenya during 1992–2013 have antibodies against this virus. High densities of camel populations correlated with increased seropositivity and might be a factor in predicting long-term virus maintenance.


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