Infectious MERS-CoV Isolated From a Mildly Ill Patient, Saudi Arabia

Open Forum Infect Dis. 2018 May 15;5(6):ofy111. doi: 10.1093/ofid/ofy111. eCollection 2018 Jun.


Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is associated with a wide range of clinical presentations, from asymptomatic or mildly ill to severe respiratory illness including death. We describe isolation of infectious MERS-CoV from the upper respiratory tract of a mildly ill 27-year-old female in Saudi Arabia 15 days after illness onset.

Keywords: MERS; asymptomatic; mild; prolonged detection; virus isolation.