Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) RNA and neutralising antibodies in milk collected according to local customs from dromedary camels, Qatar, April 2014

Chantal Reusken, EA Farag, Marcel Jonges, GJ Godeke, AM El-Sayed, Suzan Pas, Stalinraj Victor, KA Mohran, HA Moussa, H Ghobashy, F Alhajri, AK Ibrahim, BJ (Berend Jan) Bosch, SK Pasha, HE Al-Romaihi, M Al-Thani, SA Al-Marri, MM AlHajri, Bart Haagmans, Marion Koopmans

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Abstract

Antibodies to Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) were detected in serum and milk collected according to local customs from 33 camels in Qatar, April 2014. At one location, evidence for active virus shedding in nasal secretions and/or faeces was observed for 7/12 camels; viral RNA was detected in milk of five of these seven camels. The presence of MERS-CoV RNA in milk of camels actively shedding the virus warrants measures to prevent putative food-borne transmission of MERS-CoV.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)8-12
Number of pages5
JournalEurosurveillance
Volume19
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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