Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in dromedary camels, Oman, 2013.

N. Nowotny*, J. Kolodziejek

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Abstract

A countrywide survey in Oman revealed Middle Eastrespiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) nucleicacid in five of 76 dromedary camels. Camel-derivedMERS-CoV sequences (3,754 nucleotides assembled from partial sequences of the open reading frame (ORF)1a, spike, and ORF4b genes) from Oman and Qatar were slightly different from each other, but closely related to human MERS-CoV sequences from the same geographical areas, suggesting local zoonotic transmission. High viral loads in nasal and conjunctival swabs suggest possible transmission by the respiratory route.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20781
Number of pages1
JournalEurosurveillance
Volume19
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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