Ann Thorac Med 2017 Jul-Sep;12(3):217-218
Department of Intensive Care, College of Medicine, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia E-mail:
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Int J Infect Dis 2016 Jun 23;47:10-4. Epub 2016 Apr 23.
Public Health England Birmingham Laboratory, National Infection Service, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham B9 5SS, UK.
Background: Over 25000 pilgrims from the UK visit Saudi Arabia every year for the Umrah and Hajj pilgrimages. The recent outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in South Korea and the continuing reports of MERS-CoV cases from Saudi Arabia highlight the need for active surveillance for MERS-CoV in returning pilgrims or travellers from the Middle East. Public Health England Birmingham Laboratory (PHEBL) is one of a few selected UK public health laboratories responsible for MERS-CoV screening in travellers returning to the UK from the Middle East who present to hospital with severe respiratory symptoms. Read More
Lancet Infect Dis 2015 May 8;15(5):559-64. Epub 2015 Apr 8.
King Abdulaziz Medical City & Advisor Royal Court, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Alfaisal University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Electronic address:
Background: Scientific evidence suggests that dromedary camels are the intermediary host for the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). However, the actual number of infections in people who have had contact with camels is unknown and most index patients cannot recall any such contact. We aimed to do a nationwide serosurvey in Saudi Arabia to establish the prevalence of MERS-CoV antibodies, both in the general population and in populations of individuals who have maximum exposure to camels. Read More
Emerg Infect Dis 2013 Dec;19(12):2034-6
We used a lentiviral vector bearing the viral spike protein to detect neutralizing antibodies against Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in persons from the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. None of the 268 samples tested displayed neutralizing activity, which suggests that MERS-CoV infections in humans are infrequent in this province. Read More
Emerg Infect Dis 2013 Nov;19(11):1819-23
The source of human infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus remains unknown. Molecular investigation indicated that bats in Saudi Arabia are infected with several alphacoronaviruses and betacoronaviruses. Virus from 1 bat showed 100% nucleotide identity to virus from the human index case-patient. Read More