MERS-CoV is a zoonotic virus, which has entered the human population in the Arabian Peninsula on multiple occasions from direct or indirect contact with infected dromedary camels or possibly camel-related products (e.g. raw camel milk). Several studies have shown that MERS-CoV-specific antibodies are widespread in dromedary camel populations in the Middle East and Africa. The evidence from animal seroepidemiologic surveys suggests that MERS-CoV has been circulating in camels for decades.
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