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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.

Background:

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]

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