Title: Mers Coronavirus in Dromedary Herd in South Morocco
Author(s): Y. El Kamouni1, L. Arsalane2, B. Jouabri3, G. Beddou4, N. Elaatoul5, K Dafir6, S. Zouhair7
Bacteriology Virology Laboratory Military Hospital Avicenne Marrakech – Morocco
Background : Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a zoonotic viral disease that can be transmitted from dromedaries to human beings. Up to December 2016, a total of 1841 cases of laboratory-confirmed MERS-CoV infection were reported to the World Health Organization, with an overall case fatality rate of 35% .
The current status of knowledge around MERS-CoV in dromedaries in Morocco still unknow.
This article is a prospective study in dromedary herd during one year 2016 in the south of morocco. Faecal samples and nasal swabs of camels were analyzed for identification of viral sequences using specific polymerase chain reaction (PCR) methods.