Volume 20, Number 6—June 2014
MERS Coronaviruses in Dromedary Camels, Egypt
|Location of animals sampled||No. samples tested||No. MERS-CoV positive†||No. other CoV positive. (virus identified)|
|Abattoir 1§||46||0||3 (BCoV)|
|Nile Delta region, abattoir§||37||1||5 (BCoV)|
*RT-PCR, reverse transcription PCR; MERS, Middle East respiratory syndrome; CoV, coronavirus; BCoV, bovine coronavirus.
Nasal swabs from dromedary camels were placed in phosphate-buffered saline/glycerol transport medium, kept on ice during the field trip and stored at −80°C on arriving at the laboratory. Specimens were shipped in dry ice to the University of Hong Kong laboratory, where they were stored at −80°C until testing.
†Taken as positive only when both upstream of E gene and open reading frame 1a RT-PCR were positive.
‡Locally reared animals.
§Imported from Sudan or Ethiopia.
1These authors contributed equally to this article.