Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Antibodies in Dromedary Camels, Bangladesh, 2015

Emerg Infect Dis. 2018 May;24(5):926-928. doi: 10.3201/eid2405.171192.


Dromedary camels are bred domestically and imported into Bangladesh. In 2015, of 55 camels tested for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus in Dhaka, 17 (31%) were seropositive, including 1 bred locally. None were PCR positive. The potential for infected camels in urban markets could have public health implications and warrants further investigation.

Keywords: Bangladesh; MERS-CoV; Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus; camel; coronavirus; dromedary; livestock trade; serology; viruses.

Publication types

  • Letter
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Intramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bangladesh / epidemiology
  • Camelus*
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology
  • Coronavirus Infections / veterinary*
  • Coronavirus Infections / virology
  • Female
  • Male
  • Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus / isolation & purification*