Occupational Exposure to Dromedaries and Risk for MERS-CoV Infection, Qatar, 2013-2014

Chantal Reusken, EABA Farag, Bart Haagmans, KA Mohran, GJ Godeke, Stalinraj Victor, F Alhajri, SA Al-Marri, HE Al-Romaihi, M Al-Thani, BJ Bosch, Annemiek Baltissen - van der Eijk, AM El-Sayed, AK Ibrahim, N Al-Molawi, MA Muller, SK Pasha, C Drosten, MM AlHajri, Marion Koopmans

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Abstract

We determined the presence of neutralizing antibodies to Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus in persons in Qatar with and without dromedary contact. Antibodies were only detected in those with contact, suggesting dromedary exposure as a risk factor for infection. Findings also showed evidence for substantial underestimation of the infection in populations at risk in Qatar.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)1422-1425
Number of pages4
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Volume21
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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