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Volume 20, Number 12—December 2014

MERS Coronavirus Neutralizing Antibodies in Camels, Eastern Africa, 1983–1997

Marcel A. Müller1Comments to Author , Victor Max Corman1, Joerg Jores, Benjamin Meyer, Mario Younan, Anne M. Liljander, Berend-Jan Bosch, Erik Lattwein, Mosaad Hilali, Bakri E. Musa, Set Bornstein, and Sung Sup Park
Author affiliations: University of Bonn Medical Centre, Bonn, Germany (M.A. Müller, V.M. Corman, B. Meyer, C. Drosten); German Centre for Infection Research, Bonn (V.M. Corman); International Livestock Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya (J. Jores, A. Liljander); Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Germany, Nairobi (M. Younan); Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands (B.-J. Bosch); EUROIMMUN AG, Lübeck, Germany (E. Lattwein); Cairo University, Giza, Egypt (M. Hilali); Ministry of Science and Communication, Khartoum, Sudan (B.E. Musa); National Veterinary Institute, Uppsala, Sweden (S. Bornstein)

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Table 2

MERS-CoV neutralizing antibody titers in dromedary camels from eastern Africa*

Country, date No. samples mNT titer, no. (%) samples†
<80 80–800 >800
Egypt, 1997 Jul 43 9 (20.9) 29 (67.4) 5 (11.6)
1983 Jan–Nov 25 8 (32.0) 14 (56.0) 3 (12.0)
1984 Feb–Dec 61 8 (13.1) 45 (73.8) 8 (13.1)
Sudan, 1983 Jun 60 11 (18.3) 36 (60.0) 13 (21.7)
Total 189 36 (19.0) 124 (65.6) 29 (15.3)

*MERS-CoV, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus; mNT, microneutralization test.
†mNT for MERS-CoV was done in a microtiter plate format in duplicate at dilutions 1:80 and 1:800. Serum with reciprocal titers >80 were considered MERS-CoV antibody positive.

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1These authors contributed equally to this article.

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