Content of review 1, reviewed on August 04, 2018

Hemida et al. paper "Dromedary Camels and the Transmission of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)" is one of a trail of papers whose purpose is to close the gaps relating the virus to humans. Dr. Hemida and team work meticulously using clear scientific methodology and well structured approaches to collect data from infected humans as well as from the originators the camels or other [bats, ...]. Though the researchers capitalize on strict standardized methods to identify the virus trajectory still in their conclusion we read, " Dromedary camels are likely to be a natural host of MERS, and transmission between camels is clearly documented. However, it is still unclear whether camels are the natural reservoir of the virus and the only source of human infection." Such a statement acts as a motivation for further research and the field is open to different specialty researchers in order to create a clear final picture. Meanwhile, human awareness [unawarenes or wrong information] has been brought up as a symptom that may lead to virus infections and transmission across boarders. The authors are commended for their scientific achievement but much more is needed to match exactly infected humans with specific hosts of the virus. Along this trail of more research, there must be continuous support from policy makers to avoid future fatalities with MERS-CoV. Further, the researchers need to publish clear Info-Graphs about the different camel breeds and the possibility of infection accompanied by how human exposure [long periods] may or may not lead to transmission of the virus.


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    G., H. M., A., E., F., A., A., A., F., A., B., F., W., C. D. K., M., P. R. A. P., M., P. 2017. Dromedary Camels and the Transmission of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Transboundary and Emerging Diseases.