Jockeys take their camels home after racing in Egypt's El Arish desert. The annual race draws competitors from around the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, where camels carry the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus. Nasser Nouri/Xinhua /Landov
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Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Infection in Dromedary Camels in Saudi Arabia
npr.org - by Richard Knox - February 25, 2014
Scientists have gotten close to pinning down the origin of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, a dangerous respiratory disease that emerged in Saudi Arabia 17 months ago.
It turns out the MERS virus has been circulating in Arabian camels for more than two decades, scientists report in a study published Tuesday.
So far MERS has sickened more than 180 people, killing at least 77 of them — an alarming 43 percent.
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