Via the Times of Oman: MERS found in five racing camels in Oman. Excerpt:
Killer coronavirus Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has been detected in five racing camels in Oman, says the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MOAF).
Speaking to the Times of Oman, Dr Fuad bin Ja'afar Al Sajwani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, said that the camels that tested positive in Oman were all racing camels. "So we are not sure whether they caught the virus in Oman or from outside Oman."
The first indication came a few months back when antibodies were found in 50 camels in Oman using serological tests.
Serological tests are conducted when an infection is suspected. "A few weeks back, we conducted a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on 76 sampled camels to detect if they carried MERS-CoV. These samples were sent to Vienna in Austria and results showed five camels had tested positive," said Dr Hadi Mohsin Al Lawati, Director of Animal Health Department, MOAF, speaking on the sidelines of a two-day regional meeting on MERS-CoV, which started in the capital area Tuesday.