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Volume 22, Number 12—December 2016

Dispatch

Time Course of MERS-CoV Infection and Immunity in Dromedary Camels

Benjamin Meyer, Judit Juhasz, Rajib Barua, Aungshuman Das Gupta, Fatima Hakimuddin, Victor M. Corman, Marcel A. Müller, Ulrich Wernery, Christian DrostenComments to Author , and Peter Nagy
Author affiliations: University of Bonn Medical Centre, Bonn, Germany (B. Meyer, V.M. Corman, M.A. Müller, C. Drosten); Deutsches Zentrum für Infektionsforschung, Braunschweig, Germany (V.M. Corman, C. Drosten); Emirates Industries for Camel Milk and Products, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (J. Juhasz, R. Barua, A. Das Gupta, P. Nagy); Central Veterinary Research Laboratory, Dubai (F. Hakimuddin, U. Wernery)

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MERS-CoV nucleic acid detection in nasal swab specimens from camel dam–calf pairs, United Arab Emirates, 2014–2015*

Months postparturition
No. positive/no. tested (%)
Adults†
Calves‡
0 0/5 0/5
0.25 3/11 (27.2) 2/11 (18.2)§
1 2/11 (18.2) 5/11 (45.5)
2 0/11 0/11
3 0/11 0/11
4 0/5 0/5
5 0/11 0/11
6 0/11 2/11 (18.2)¶
7 0/10 0/10
8 0/10 0/10
9 0/10 0/10
10 0/10 0/10
11 0/10 0/10
12 0/10 0/10

*One dam–calf pair was excluded after month 6 because the calf was euthanized for an unrelated condition. MERS-CoV, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus.
†5 MERS-CoV–positive specimens from adult camels were from 4 individual animals.
‡9 MERS-CoV–positive specimens from camel calves were from 6 individual animals.
§Virus was isolated from both infected calves.
¶Virus was isolated from 1 infected calf.

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