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The Egyptian woman died after returning from a religious pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.
The findings add to the evidence suggesting camels may be a source of human infections.
Findings show that MERS-CoV or a closely related virus circulated in Saudi camels as long ago as 1992.
Genes of 32 MERS-CoV viruses from Saudi cases showed little evidence of increased adaptation to humans.
The newly identified virus is a betacoronavirus, a group that also includes MERS-CoV.
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