Camels may be causing MERS-CoV in humans

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Camels may be the potential source of the new Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) virus according to a new study by infection control expert researches from Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)

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Camels may be source of MERS-CoV
RIVM study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases has found traces of antibodies specific to the new Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in dromedary (one hump) camels. While the actual virus was not found in the camels, the anibody findings indicate the camels were at some point infected with MERS which according to the researches “suggest that dromedary camels may be one reservoir of the virus that is causing [MERS infection] in humans”

Many experts fear whether US hospital infection prevention and control departments are ready for MERS-CoV. There have been 94 cases of illness including 46 deaths from MERS reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) since September when the virus was first identified. While previously experts were closely linking the virus to bats they now theorizing that bats might be infecting other animals like camels and then passing MERS to humans.
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MERS is part of a family of coronaviruses that can cause fever, breathing problems, pneumonia and kidney failure as well as SARS, which sparked a pandemic in 2003.

According to infection control experts there is no known treatment or cure.



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