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November 6, 2013

From JAMA’s Daily News Site

JAMA. 2013;310(17):1784. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.280902

Dromedary camels may be the source of human infections with a new coronavirus responsible for at least 94 confirmed cases and 46 deaths.

After some patients recalled having contact with livestock, researchers gathered blood samples from cattle, sheep, goats, and dromedary camels from several countries to test for antibodies to Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Of the 160 cattle, sheep, and goats tested, none had the antibodies. However, all 50 dromedaries in Oman and 15 of 150 dromedaries in Spain did have MERS-CoV antibodies.