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Volume 20, Number 6—June 2014


Human Infection with MERS Coronavirus after Exposure to Infected Camels, Saudi Arabia, 2013

Ziad A. Memish, Matthew Cotten, Benjamin Meyer, Simon J. Watson, Abdullah J. Alsahafi, Abdullah A. Al Rabeeah, Victor Max Corman, Andrea Sieberg, Hatem Q. Makhdoom, Abdullah Assiri, Malaki Al Masri, Souhaib Aldabbagh, Berend-Jan Bosch, Martin Beer, Marcel A. Müller, Paul Kellam, and Christian DrostenComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Al Faisal University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (Z.A. Memish); Global Centre for Mass Gatherings Medicine, Riyadh (Z.A. Memish, A.A. Al Rabeeh); Ministry of Health, Riyadh (Z.A. Memish, A.A. Al Rabeeh, A. Assiri, M. Al Masri); Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, UK (M. Cotten, S.J. Watson, P. Kellam); University of Bonn Medical Centre Institute of Virology, Bonn, Germany (B. Meyer, V.M. Corman, A. Sieberg, S. Aldabbagh, M.A. Müller, C. Drosten); Regional Health Directorate, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (A.J. Alsahafi); Jeddah Regional Laboratory, Jeddah (Hatem Q. Makhdoom); Utrecht University, the Netherlands (B.-J. Bosch); Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Institute for Virus Diagnostics, Greifswald–Insel Riems, Germany (M. Beer); University College London, London, UK (P. Kellam)

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Reciprocal immunofluorescence titers for MERS and bovine CoV in sequential serum samples from 9 camels, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2013*

Camel Age Anti–MERS CoV titers
Anti–bovine CoV titers
Nov 14 Dec 9 Nov 14 Dec 9
A 13 y 40,960 81,920
B 3 mo 640 2,560 320 1,280–2,560
C 12 y 20,480 20,480
D 9 y 40,960 40,960
E 13 y 5,120 5,120
F 8 y 40,960 40,960
G† 8 mo 640 2,560 <10 <10
H 8 mo 40,960 40,960
I 2 y 5,120 5,120

*MERS, Middle East respiratory syndrome; CoV, coronavirus.
†For camel G, a sample taken on November 9 was also available and yielded an immunofluorescence titer of 320.

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