Serologic Evidence for MERS-CoV Infection in Dromedary Camels, Punjab, Pakistan, 2012-2015

Emerg Infect Dis. 2017 Mar;23(3):550-551. doi: 10.3201/eid2303.161285.


Dromedary camels from Africa and Arabia are an established source for zoonotic Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection among humans. In Pakistan, we found specific neutralizing antibodies in samples from 39.5% of 565 dromedaries, documenting significant expansion of the enzootic range of MERS-CoV to Asia.

Keywords: Africa; Asia; Bactrian; MERS-CoV; Middle East respiratory syndrome; One Health; Pakistan; RNA viruses; animal reservoir; antimicrobial resistance; camels; coronavirus; dromedary; livestock; neutralizing antibodies; serology; viruses; zoonoses.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Camelus / blood*
  • Coronavirus Infections / blood
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology
  • Coronavirus Infections / veterinary*
  • Coronavirus Infections / virology
  • Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus / isolation & purification*
  • Pakistan / epidemiology
  • Serologic Tests / veterinary*