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23 - 08 - 2016

The winter cold due to camels ?

Researchers have emitted the possibility that camels might be responsible for winter cold after studying the genetics of the virus in thousands of camels and compared these results to those obtained in humans and bats. The conclusions are clear, the coronaviruses involved with humans would indeed be a descendant of a dromedary virus. If the virus is not dangerous to humans, the fact that it was able, at some point, to jump the species barrier and mutate to ensure its transmission between individuals is worrisome. Because this “common virus” is one of the five respiratory coronavirus liked to infections that include the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (MERS). If these two infectious diseases are today only transmitted only by direct and close contact, we are not immune to possible genetic mutations that will further weaken the transmission barrier between the hosts and the viruses. And to somewhat blacken the picture a little more, MERS is regularly detected in populations of camels.