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KSA to test camels for Mers

June 7, 2014 12:25 pm

Saudi agriculture minister has said the government will test camels in the kingdom for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers), a day after a Saudi study reinforced a long-suspected link between the animals and human cases of the deadly virus, Gulf News has reported. Fahad Balgunaim said that a programme to register and number livestock including camels had begun last year and would be accelerated. All camel livestock would be tested for Mers and the Saudi Wildlife Authority would also take samples from wild camels roaming freely in the desert to establish the level of infection from the virus in the wider animal population. There have been 691 confirmed cases of Mers, including 284 deaths, in Saudi Arabia since it was identified two years ago.