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Clue to New Virus Is Found in Camel

Medical investigators for the first time have confirmed the MERS coronavirus in a camel, one belonging to a Saudi man also ill with the new virus, providing a critical clue into the virus's animal hosts and transmission, a top Saudi health official and an international disease expert said on Monday.

The MERS coronavirus, which has sickened 153 people and killed 64 since it was identified in September 2012, was found in an ailing camel in a barn belonging to the 43-year-old man in the Red Sea city of Jeddah.

Saudi and international teams confirmed the virus on the man and the camel through tests that pinpointed the presence of the virus itself, rather than antibodies to it as some previous, inconclusive tests elsewhere had done, Ziad Memish, the kingdom's deputy health minister, said on Sunday.

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