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Coronaviruses that can cause serious human disease are on the rise, emphasizing the importance of public health preparedness.
Coincidentally, all 3 new Saudi cases involved camel contact.
Analysis of a 2015-16 cluster highlights living conditions and healthcare spread.
Middle East healthcare-related outbreaks are occurring more often but are typically small.
In another development, Saudi Arabia today reported one new illness, which involves a man from Riyadh.
As many as 1,465 cases and 293 to 520 deaths from MERS-CoV may have been averted.
The Bactrian camels had similar infection and shedding patterns as dromedaries.
About half of all camel salesmen had MERS-CoV antibodies, and Saudi Arabia reports 3 new cases.
Fifty-seven cases are linked to the outbreak in Wadi ad-Dawasir.
Also, the virus sickened four more people in Saudi Arabia over the past few days, three from Riyadh.
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