Human Infection with MERS Coronavirus after Exposure to Infected Camels, Saudi Arabia, 2013

Memish, Z.A.; Cotten, M.; Meyer, B.; Watson, S.J.; Alsahafi, A.J.; Al Rabeeah, A.A.; Corman, V.M.; Sieberg, A.; Makhdoom, H.Q.; Assiri, A.; Al Masri, M.; Aldabbagh, S.; Bosch, B.-J.; Beer, Martin GND; Müller, M.A.; Kellam, P.; Drosten, C.

We investigated a case of human infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) after exposure to infected camels. Analysis of the whole human-derived virus and 15% of the camel-derived virus sequence yielded nucleotide polymorphism signatures suggestive of cross-species transmission. Camels may act as a direct source of human MERS-CoV infection.

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Memish, Z.A. / Cotten, M. / Meyer, B. / et al: Human Infection with MERS Coronavirus after Exposure to Infected Camels, Saudi Arabia, 2013. 2014.

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