MERS-CoV has spread rapidly across much of the Middle East, but no quantitative mapping of transmission risk has been developed—until now. Researchers from University of Kansas and Ain Shams University (Egypt) have analyzed the environmental circumstances that have led to all MERS-CoV cases through May 2015.
Results indicate that camel-exposed cases occur under a narrower suite of environmental conditions than non-camel-exposed cases, suggesting a key role for camels in the transmission of the disease.
The authors say that detailed geographic sampling of bat, camel and human populations across the study region would help fill knowledge gaps about the disease.
Thanks for the tip, Abdallah Samy!