MERS coronavirus neutralizing antibodies in camels, eastern Africa, 1983-1997
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Muller, M.A., Corman, V.M., Jores, J., Meyer, B., Younan, M., Liljander, A., Bosch, B.-J., Lattwein, E., Hilali, M., Musa, B.E., Bornstein, S. and Drosten, C. 2014. MERS coronavirus neutralizing antibodies in camels, eastern Africa, 1983-1997. Emerging Infectious Diseases 20(12)
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To analyze the distribution of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)–seropositive dromedary camels in eastern Africa, we tested 189 archived serum samples accumulated during the past 30 years. We identified MERS-CoV neutralizing antibodies in 81.0% of samples from the main camel-exporting countries, Sudan and Somalia, suggesting long-term virus circulation in these animals.