Camels linked to mystery disease

Livestock may be a “reservoir” of germs that can infect people

By Tina Saey, 09:48 AM August 15, 2013

A mysterious and deadly virus has sickened 94 people — killing 46 — in parts of the Middle East, Europe and northern Africa. A new study finds that camels (the one-humped type) may have introduced the new disease to people.

 

The germ responsible is a virus that lives in people’s lungs, throats and noses. Scientists recently named the disease it causes Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS.

 

Scientists discovered it after a few people became sick with severe pneumonia. This condition inflame...

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