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Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus seroprevalence in domestic livestock in Saudi Arabia, 2010 to 2013.

Authors
  • Hemida, M G
  • Perera, R A
  • Wang, P
  • Alhammadi, M A
  • Siu, L Y
  • Li, M
  • Poon, L L
  • Saif, L
  • Alnaeem, A
  • Peiris, M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Eurosurveillance
Publisher
European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC)
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2013
Volume
18
Issue
50
Pages
20659–20659
Identifiers
PMID: 24342517
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In Saudi Arabia, including regions of Riyadh and Al Ahsa, pseudoparticle neutralisation (ppNT) and microneutralisation (MNT) tests detected no antibodies to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in sheep (n= 100), goats (n= 45), cattle (n= 50) and chickens (n= 240). Dromedary camels however, had a high prevalence of MERS-CoV antibodies. Bovine coronavirus (BCoV) infected sera from cattle had no cross-reactivity in MERS-CoV ppNT or MNT, while many dromedary camels’ sera reacted to both BCoV and MERS-CoV. Some nevertheless displayed specific serologic reaction profiles to MERS-CoV.

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