Camels to Blame for the Transmission of a Common Cold in Humans

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  August 21, 2016 at 4:59 PM Respiratory Disease News
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The Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus was identified in humans for the first time in 2012. It causes severe respiratory tract infections that are often fatal. Dromedaries were confirmed to be its animal source some time ago.
 Camels to Blame for the Transmission of a Common Cold in Humans
Camels to Blame for the Transmission of a Common Cold in Humans
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Just like the dreaded MERS, a common cold virus is actually transmitted from camels to humans, a new study reveals.

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There are four globally endemic human coronaviruses which, together with rhinoviruses, are responsible for causing common colds.

The researchers found that one of the four common cold coronaviruses - HcoV-229E - originated from camels, just like the MERS virus.

"Our current study gives us a warning sign regarding the risk of a MERS pandemic - because MERS could perhaps do what HCoV-229E did," said one of the researchers Christian Drosten from University Hospital of Bonn. "In our MERS investigations we examined about 1,000 camels for coronaviruses and were surprised to find pathogens that are related to 'HCoV-229E', the human common cold virus, in almost 6% of the cases," Drosten said.

Further comparative molecular genetic analysis of common cold viruses in bats, humans and dromedaries suggests that this common cold virus was actually transmitted from camels to humans, said the study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Source: IANS
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