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An observational, laboratory-based study of outbreaks of MERS-Coronavirus in Jeddah and Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2014

Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America | 18 Oct 2014

C Drosten, D Muth, V Corman, R Hussain, M Al Masri, W HajOmar, O Landt, A Assiri, I Eckerle, A Al Shangiti, JA Al-Tawfiq, A Albarrak, A Zumla, A Rambaut and Z Memish
Abstract
 In spring 2014, a sudden rise in the number of notified MERS-Coronavirus infections occurred across Saudi Arabia with a focus in Jeddah. Hypotheses to explain the outbreak pattern include increased surveillance, increased zoonotic transmission, nosocomial transmission, changes in viral transmissibility, as well as diagnostic laboratory artifacts.
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Dammam, Medina, Arabian Peninsula, Ha'il, Mecca, Jeddah, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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