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UPDATED : Ian has published a second, follow-up blog this morning, called What's hard to understand about camels carrying MERS-CoV and rarely infecting humans...?
Dr. Ian Mackay has published the first in a series of planned articles on the evidence for Dromedary Camels harboring and spreading the MERS coronavirus. Ian begins with a detailed look at a 2104 study (see EID Journal: MERS Coronavirus In A Saudi Dromedary Herd) that examined two Saudi Camel farms for signs of the virus.
This dovetails nicely with my blog yesterday (see The Saudi Camel-MERS Controversy Continues) on the continuing reluctance of many Saudis to believe their beloved national symbol could carry, and transmit the MERS virus.
As always, Ian goes the extra mile in describing these studies, yet keeps things from becoming too technical. Highly recommended.
Wednesday, 14 October 2015
I'm going to spend a few posts catching up on some excellent papers showing the role of camels in harbouring and transmitting the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). There also seems to be some confusion remaining about what we know, what we don't know, and also how bats fit in to the picture. I'll finish the next few posts with a summary.
Please do check out my previous listing of the literature around MERS-CoV and camels.
I'll republish an updated literature list in the summary post as well.