Back to the Camel

Using a combination of RT-PCR and sequencing, researchers from King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere found that Middle East respiratory syndrome-CoV isolated from a Saudi man was identical to strain infecting a camel in the man's herd.

"It unequivocally demonstrates that transmission from camels to people is possible," Columbia University virologist Ian Lipkin, who wasn't involved in the study, tells NPR.

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