Camels are spreading MERS virus

Feb 26, 2014, 2:13 PM EST
A camel train makes its way along Peel Street during the 42nd Tamworth Coutry Music Festival Cavalcade on January 25, 2014 in Tamworth, Australia.
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The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has killed 79 people and sickened nearly 200, most severely in Saudi Arabia. A new study suggests that camels have spread the deadly disease by coughing, sneezing, and spitting. Human interaction with camels is proliferating the disease.


Camels Play Key Role in Spread of Deadly Virus in Middle East [TIME]

Deadly MERS Virus Circulates Among Arabian Camels [NPR]

MERS virus has been infecting Saudi Arabia camels for 20 years [CBC]