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    Scientists continue search to understand Mers
    June 21, 2014 Updated: June 21, 2014 20:56:00

    ...Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, has initiated a project to test for the Mers coronavirus in the emirate?s camels, after previous studies showed that the animals can transmit the condition to humans.

    Over the coming months, Dubai?s Central Veterinary Research Laboratory (CVRL) will test 1,000 camels to see if the virus is present in their nasal discharges ? which previous studies indicated can contain large quantities of the virus ? and their faeces. If they are lactating females, their milk will be tested. As well as camels, the virus has also been found in bats and has been linked to rats...

    ...A key focus of the study, said Prof Ulrich Wernery, the CVRL?s scientific director, was how the infectivity may vary with the age of camels.

    With previous findings indicating it may be younger camels that are causing most cases of camel-to-person transmission, the centre has been testing baby camels, those aged one to two years old, and mature adult camels, and comparing the results...