Common cold viruses originated in camels -- just like MERS

(German Center for Infection Research) There are four globally endemic human coronaviruses which, together with the better known rhinoviruses, are responsible for causing common colds. Usually, infections with these viruses are harmless to humans. DZIF Professor Christian Drosten, Institute of Virology at the University Hospital of Bonn, and his research team have now found the source of 'HCoV-229E,' one of the four common cold coronaviruses -- it also originates from camels, just like the dreaded MERS virus.
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