Is the Middle East's SARS virus linked to camels or goats?
The UAE resident who died of a new SARS-related diease passed away just days after treating a camel for a disease, on of the doctors who treated him has confirmed.
However, Dr. CM Wendtner, professor of medicine at the University of Cologne and director of the infectious disease clinic at the Kinikum Schwabing in Munich, told 7DAYS that the sick camel has since made a full recovery.
The brother of the wealthy Emirati, who owned a stable of racing camels, also became ill but has declined to allow an international medical research team to examine him.
The man died from Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, which has spread across the region killing 32 people in Saudi Arabia alone. However, its origins still remain a mystery.
Earlier this week how the Abu Dhabi resident’s death has led investigators to research whether camels and goats could be passing on the disease to humans.
Doctors were not able to perform an autopsy on the patient as his family objected. Blood, urine and other samples enabled the German medical team to prove he had a similar strain of the disease to a Qatari man who was flown to another German hospital six months earlier.