High Prevalence of Middle East Respiratory Coronavirus in Young Dromedary Camels in Jordan

Van Doremalen, N and Hijazeen, Z S and Holloway, P M and Al Omari, B and McDowell, C and Adney, D and Talafna, H A and Guitian, J and Steel, J and Amarin, N and Tibbo, M and Abu-Basha, E and Al-Majali, A M and Munster, V J and Richt, J A (2017) High Prevalence of Middle East Respiratory Coronavirus in Young Dromedary Camels in Jordan. VECTOR-BORNE AND ZOONOTIC DISEASES, 17 (2). pp. 155-159.

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Official URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28009529

Abstract

Prevalence of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was determined in 45 dromedary camels from two geographically separated herds in Jordan. Virus shedding was only detected in swabs obtained from the respiratory tract and primarily observed in camels younger than 3 years. MERS-CoV seroprevalence increased with age of camels. Bovine and sheep sera were seronegative. Phylogenetic analysis of partial S2 clustered the Jordanian MERS-CoV strains with contemporary MERS-CoV strains associated with nosocomial outbreaks.

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