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Camels May Transmit New Middle Eastern Virus 163

Posted by samzenpus
from the camel-zero dept.
sciencehabit writes "Ever since people in the Middle East started dying of a mysterious new infection last year, scientists have been trying to pinpoint the source of the outbreak. Now they may finally have found a clue in an unlikely population: retired racing camels. Countries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates produce and consume large amounts of camel meat. The authors of the paper point out that huge numbers of camels are imported to the Middle East from African countries as well as from Australia, where the animals were introduced in the 19th century and which now has an estimated 1 million feral camels. (Australia started exporting camels to Saudi Arabia for meat production in 2002.) That raises the possibility that African or Australian bats harbor the virus and camels carried it to the Middle East."
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  • About time that thing got out of the lab.
    • by mrops (927562)

      I am sure there is a joke in their somewhere....

      An arab and a camel walk into a bar... ... ... ... ...
      You got the virus....

  • "though it may be a challenge to do a nose swab in a camel."

    Camels spit without much provocation, making it near trivial to obtain saliva, so lame way to wind up an article, sorry. As well, this is most likely an engineered virus/contamination, deployed as one of many around the globe by nare-do-wells looking to prune the world's general population. Follow the money and don't waste too much more time on ferals...of any type.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      As well, this is most likely an engineered virus/contamination, deployed as one of many around the globe by nare-do-wells looking to prune the world's general population.

      WTF, did /. get all the people who were banned from infowars and prisonplanet for being too paranoid?

    • nare-do-wells

      Never use an expression in writing that you have only heard spoken aloud.
      -- S. Johnson (Dr)

      • by drinkypoo (153816)

        nose swab in a camel [...] nare-do-wells

        Never use an expression in writing that you have only heard spoken aloud.

        Nare\, n. [L. naris.] A nostril. [R.] --B. Jonson. [reference.com]

        Never give someone a ration of shit for using a word you don't understand, or you will look like an asshole. --drinkypoo

        • Despite being some kind of dago or wop it seems you're more of an expert on my native language than I am. So would you care to enlighten us as to what a "nostril do well" is supposed to mean?

          And while you're at it, can you show why the commonly accepted form involving the omission of the "v" from "never" to give "ne'er" - which actually does make semantic sense - is wrong?

          Words are one thing. Phrases are another, and sentences another still. Arrogant, ignorant wetback fucktards are yet another, and you'r

      • by dbIII (701233)
        The reverse is sadly true with people going around saying LOL.
      • by Muad'Dave (255648)

        I don't know who S. Johnson is, but that's been my .sig for decades.

  • by HighOrbit (631451) on Thursday August 08, 2013 @08:09PM (#44516441)
    The Haj is coming soon (i believe it will be October). If MERS escapes into the pilgrim population, it will be a global disaster. Packing millions of people into the track around the Kaaba or the Plain of Arafat will be a perfect place for MERS to spread. Then they will all get on airplanes and scatter around the world. MERS has a very high mortality rate WITH modern medicine intervention. If pilgrims start taking it home to villages in Africa, Pakistan, Indonesia, etc where there effectively is no medical care, lots of people are going to die.
    • by TubeSteak (669689) on Thursday August 08, 2013 @09:11PM (#44516841) Journal

      For the Hajj, the Saudis screen everyone coming into the country for visible sickness.
      And you can't even get a visa without providing proof of vaccinations.

      They may have backwards laws, but they are well aware of the risks surrounding outbreaks of disease.
      That said, they haven't been very cooperative with the global medical community in addressing MERS.

      • And you can't even get a visa without providing proof of vaccinations.

        FWIW pretty near every country does this to some degree.

        • If it's new (I confess to skiming TFA) is there any vaccine for it?

          • I haven't seen any mention of a vaccine. It's basically another SARS
            • So they're insisting on people taking a non-existent vaccine? How does that work, then?

              It'd be hilarious if it could be cured by bacon sandwiches and beer. In fact I'd probably catch it on purpose.

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      "WE'RE NOT TAKING ANY FUCKING CHANCES."

      ~ The President of Madagascar, earlier today.

    • by nbauman (624611)

      Getting a little hysterical now, aren't we?

      They've been doing this for a long time. They have lots of doctors figuring it out. Pilgrims are required to get vaccinations. http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5j2u48UKUiN7P-J4kpKLxAebg0ovg?docId=CNG.acecd21530a5cd7893d6d481941594e6.261 [google.com]

    • by c0lo (1497653)

      The Haj is coming soon (i believe it will be October). If MERS escapes into the pilgrim population, it will be a global disaster.

      * The good news: MERS may not be that bad, human-to-human transmission is low [wikipedia.org].
      * The bad news: there's another one making progress [ibtimes.com], and this may be the winner between the two.

      Take your popcorn, set yourself comfy on the couch and watch (:grin: - it may well be the last time you're doing it)

  • by godel_56 (1287256) on Thursday August 08, 2013 @08:12PM (#44516465)
    Australian camels mostly live in the arid inland regions of Australia. Not too many bats around there, or trees for that matter.
    • by srnp (180202)

      I live in Alice Springs. We're in the centre of Australia. Plenty of trees. Lots of microbats. Lots of camels, too.

      There are'nt that many trees at Uluru, but tourists go out at dusk to see amongst other things...the microbats. They even have a camel farm there. I believe they round them up from feral ones.

  • by hyades1 (1149581) <hyades1@hotmail.com> on Thursday August 08, 2013 @08:22PM (#44516543)

    I guess this is what you call "a camelwoe".

  • by nbauman (624611) on Thursday August 08, 2013 @10:04PM (#44517117) Homepage Journal

    http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1306742 [nejm.org]
    Hospital Outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus
    N Engl J Med 2013; 369:407-416 August 1, 2013DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1306742

    Free, no paywall.

    Good diagram here.
    http://www.nejm.org/action/showImage?doi=10.1056%2FNEJMoa1306742&iid=f02 [nejm.org]

  • by Anonymous Coward

    A respected captain in the foreign legion was transferred to a remote desert outpost. On his orientation tour, he noticed a very old camel tied out behind the barracks.

    He asked the sergeant, "Why is a camel tied to the barracks?"

    The sergeant replied, "It's a long way from anywhere, and the men have natural sexual urges, so when they do, uh, we have the camel."

    "Well, I suppose if it's good for morale, then I guess it's all right with me."

    After he had been stationed at the fort for six long, lonely months, th

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Settlers bring viruses to native australians, australian bats spread viruses to humans across the world. The circle of life?

  • Let me get this straight: the first human cases of a viral outbreak in the middle east might very well have literally been camel jockeys? Hang on, I'm writing this down so I can come up with a better joke for work tomorrow.

  • wait, not that kind of camel?

  • I first read the title as 'camels transiting Venus.'

  • Guess what DAY it is !!
  • Doc: "The bad news is you have lumps in your neck. The good news is they carry water."

  • Hump Dayyyy!

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