Camels Spread The Dangerous Virus – Part 1 of 3
Camels Spread The Dangerous Virus. Scientists try to say they have the first definitive proof that a deadly respiratory virus in the Middle East infects camels in addition to humans. The declaration may help researchers find ways to control the spread of the virus. Using gene sequencing, the research team found that three camels from a site where two people contracted Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS) were also infected with the virus. The locale was a small livestock barn in Qatar.
In October, 2013, the 61-year-old barn owner was diagnosed with MERS, followed by a 23-year-old mortals who worked at the barn. Within a week of the barn owner’s diagnosis, samples were collected from 14 dromedary camels at the barn. The samples were sent to laboratories in the Netherlands for genetic scrutiny and antibody testing. The genetic analyses confirmed the presence of MERS in three camels.