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Fatal Coronavirus Widespread in Saudi Camels, Suggesting Source

The deadly coronavirus linked to the Middle East was detected in three-quarters of samples taken from camels across Saudi Arabia, showing it’s widespread in the country and suggesting a way to control transmission.

Antibodies to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, indicating past infection, were found in 74 percent of blood samples from more than 200 dromedary camels across the nation, a study published today in the microbiology journal mBio found. Nasal and rectal specimens showed genetic sequences of MERS-CoV from active infection in camels matched those in humans.