Outbreak at Konkut University: MERS-CoV infection ?

The School of Veterinary Medicine at Konkut University is surprisingly close to Konkut University Hospital, where a number of patients were recently treated for MERS CoV virus infection.   In the following campus map, the Veterinary School and Hosital are denoted by numbers 15 and 30, respectively; and number 12 identifies the Animal Science School.   Significantly, a paper published by the school in 2007 suggests that at least some of the veterinary staff have been involved in work with camels. [1] Have these patients been tested for MERS CoV viral infection?   Reference: 1. Reference: 1. Abd El-Aty AM1, Goudah A, Shah SS, Shin HC, Shimoda M, Shim JH.  pharmacokinetic variables of moxifloxacin in healthy male camels following intravenous and intramuscular administration. J Vet Pharmacol Ther. 2007; 30:586-91 The post Outbreak at Konkut University: MERS-CoV infection ? appeared first on GIDEON - Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Network.
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