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Blood tests indicate that many Middle East camels may have been exposed to MERS-CoV.
Researchers say that MERS-CoV, or a closely related virus, existed in camels in the UAE in 2003.
The findings add to the evidence suggesting camels may be a source of human infections.
The Egyptian woman died after returning from a religious pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.
A WHO spokesman said tests so far have not confirmed MERS in an Egyptian woman.
In other dromedary news, research on camels' possible role is under way in Qatar.
Saudi Arabia reported 26 cases and Egypt its first, but new sequencing findings showed no major mutations.
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