Thanks to MERS-CoV for tweeting the link to this report in sabq.org: traders in Jeddah: a mysterious disease claimed 15 "Hashi" .. and "agriculture" denies. Excerpt from a Google translation:
Jeddah: He livestock traders in Jeddah have expressed concern after the deaths of 15 Hashi "Son of sentences", pointing to the existence of a mysterious disease is not giving the infected animal long before its lethality.
Despite assurances that the disease affected a rare and strange; However, the branch of the Ministry of Agriculture in Mecca, denies the existence of any disease and confirms that the death of these animals is due to just the parasites only.
He said one of the affected livestock owners, named Mohammed Beladi: "This is a disease that kills Babli began almost two weeks ago, where the sons of beauty[calves of camels] successively fall in the fourth month and the fifth without justification, even lost eight of them during this period."
"The disease is not giving a small camel much before spending it, where the infection continues for hours only and then spend the animal, and when I went to the Ministry of Agriculture during the past two days, I was surprised that there were no drugs, and forced factor I have to help workers who are in the lab to load the camel dead for lack of number of employees."
For his part, Mohammed Marhabi said he suffered from the same problem last week, where the cause of the disease in the mysterious deaths of seven sons of camels has within a short period.
He added: "Halal past two days, a doctor advised me to provide vitamins for Ebel, and used the disease began to subside, and I hope to end this case fully."
In turn, the assistant supervisor of the branch of the Ministry of Agriculture in Mecca, Saleh al-Yami, "attended the citizen to the branch was dissected Hashi, and affirmed that the cause of the deaths and the presence of parasites only, and did not stand on any other disease."
The problem may well be just parasites, but when camels and humans are both falling ill and dying at the same time, testing samples from the camels looks like an obvious next step. (And I'd test the camel dealers for MERS antibodies as well.)