Camels, MERS Virus Link Confirmed, But Is It Milk or Meat?

Image: Camels, MERS Virus Link Confirmed, But Is It Milk or Meat?

Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 10:59 AM

By Michael Mullins

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A camels, MERS Virus link has been confirmed, according to a new joint study conducted by Columbia University, King Saud University, and the EcoHealth Alliance.

Published in the journal mBio, the study proposes that the MERS Virus is a zoonotic disease – one which is transmitted from animals to humans – that has been around for a while, however it has only become apparent due to the increased sensitivity of new tests, NBC News reported.

"Given these new data, we are now investigating potential routes for human infection through exposure to camel milk or meat products," study member Abdulaziz Alagaili of King Saud University told NBC News.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

Dr. Ian Lipkin of Columbia University, who led the study, added that "there are some areas where we found it in 100 percent of camels. So this is not an uncommon infection."

"Although there is no evidence that MERS is becoming more transmissible, the recent increase in reported cases is a cause for concern," Lipkin told NBC News.

According to the research, the MERS Virus has been "circulating in camels [countrywide] since at least 1992" and "can be phylogenetically classified into clades that correlate with outbreaks of the disease among humans." The researchers also found that there was "no evidence of infection in domestic sheep or domestic goats."

Camels were first considered as a possible host of the MERS virus back in August of 2013 via a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal.

According to The Associated Press, of the 313 people that have contracted MERS virus in Saudi since September 2012, 92 have died including five this past Friday. In total there have been 350 cases reported worldwide of which more than 100 have died from the virus, which has since spread from the Middle East to Asia and Europe.

Scientists have yet to determine exactly how MERS Virus is transmitted between people; however in May of 2013 the World Health Organization warned that the MERS virus represented a "threat to entire world."

Urgent: Assess Your Heart Attack Risk in Minutes. Click Here.

On Saturday, the first case of the MERS virus was reported in Egypt via a 27-year-old civil engineer who was diagnosed in Cairo after having returned from an extended stay in Saudi Arabia.

MERS virus is lethal in about 30 percent of its cases to date, however the concern is that considering it comes from the same coronavirus family as SARS – which killed some 800 people in a global outbreak in 2003, MERS virus might in time prove just as deadly if not more so than its cousin virus if it is able to spread worldwide.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Cambodia HIV Outbreak: 100-Plus People Diagnosed; Investigation Sought

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:50 PM

More than 100 HIV infections in a single Cambodian village have spurred the country's prime minister to ask for an inves . . .

Slender Man Case: Two Girls Competent to Stand Trial in Stabbing

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:26 PM

Two girls who allegedly stabbed a 12-year-old friend over the online game Slender Man are competent to stand trial for a . . .

Kate Upton Sexiest Woman Alive; Model Apologizes to Teen Brother

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 17:52 PM

Model Kate Upton was selected as People magazine's first Sexiest Woman Alive, a month after Chris Hemsworth received the . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved