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Volume 20, Number 7—July 2014

Dispatch

MERS Coronavirus in Dromedary Camel Herd, Saudi Arabia

Maged G. Hemida1, Daniel K.W. Chu1, Leo L.M. Poon, Ranawaka A.P.M. Perera, Mohammad A. Alhammadi, Hoi-yee Ng, Lewis Y. Siu, Yi Guan, Abdelmohsen AlnaeemComments to Author , and Malik PeirisComments to Author 
Author affiliations: King Faisal University, Al Hofuf, Saudi Arabia (M.G. Hemida, M.A. Alhammadi, A. Alnaeem); Kafrelsheikh University, Kafr Elsheikh, Egypt (M.G. Hemida); The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China (D.K.W. Chu, L.L.M. Poon, R.A.P.M. Perera, H.-y. Ng, L.Y. Siu, Y. Guan, M. Peiris)

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Table 1

RT-PCR of dromedary camel samples for MERS-CoV, Al-Hasa, Saudi Arabia*

Farm, sampling date
Age†/no. sampled
No. specimens positive/no. tested
Nasal
Oral
Fecal
Farm A
2013 Nov 30 Calf, 0 ND ND ND
Adult, 4 1/1 0/2 0/4
2013 Dec 4 Calf, 9 ND 0/9 0/7
Adult, 2 ND 0/2 0/2
2013 Dec 30 Calf, 8 7/8 0/1 0/6
Adult, 3 1/3‡ 0 1/3‡
2014 Feb 14 Calf, 7 0/7 ND 0/7

Adult, 2
0/2
ND
0/2
Farm B: 2014 Feb 11 Calf, 3 0/3 ND 0/3
Adult, 3 0/3 ND 0/3

*Data on individual dromedaries are provided in online Technical Appendix Table, wwwnc.cdc.gov/EID/article/20/7/14-0571-Techapp1.pdf. RT-PCR, reverse transcription PCR; MERS-CoV, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus; ND, not done.
†Adults are 6–14 y of age; calves are 40 d to 2 y of age.
‡Two different dromedaries were positive in nasal and fecal swabs.

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1These authors contributed equally to this article.

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