MERS coronavirus in dromedary camel herd, Saudi Arabia

Emerg Infect Dis. 2014 Jul;20(7):1231-4. doi: 10.3201/eid2007.140571.


A prospective study of a dromedary camel herd during the 2013-14 calving season showed Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus infection of calves and adults. Virus was isolated from the nose and feces but more frequently from the nose. Preexisting neutralizing antibody did not appear to protect against infection.

Keywords: MERS; Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus; Saudi Arabia; genomics; mutation; phylogeny; transmission; viruses; zoonosis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Camelus / virology*
  • Coronavirus / isolation & purification*
  • Coronavirus Infections / veterinary
  • Coronavirus Infections / virology*
  • Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus / isolation & purification*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / veterinary
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / virology
  • Saudi Arabia