Online ISSN: 2515-8260

Author : DR, Adney

Efficient replication and shedding of MERS CoV from the upper respiratory tract of experimentally infected dromedary camels

Adney DR; Brown VR; van Doremalen N; Bushmaker T; Scott D; de Wit E; Munster VA; Bowen RA

European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 4, Pages -

The Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS CoV) is a novel coronavirus first recognized in 2012 and is associated with severe respiratory disease in humans. Virus has been isolated from dromedary camels in endemic areas, and many camels also have neutralizing antibodies against the virus, suggesting that they are likely a reservoir host. In order to better understand the role of camels in virus transmission we experimentally infected 3 adult, male dromedary camels with a human isolate of MERS CoV. All animals developed a transient, upper respiratory tract infection associated with very minor clinical disease.