Asymptomatic Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus infection in rabbits.

@article{Haagmans2015AsymptomaticME,
  title={Asymptomatic Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus infection in rabbits.},
  author={Bart L Haagmans and Judith M. A. van den Brand and Lisette B. V. Provacia and V Stalin Raj and Koert J. Stittelaar and Sarah Getu and Leon de Waal and Theo M. Bestebroer and Geert van Amerongen and Georges M G M Verjans and Ron A M Fouchier and Saskia L. Smits and Thijs Kuiken and Albert D M E Osterhaus},
  journal={Journal of virology},
  year={2015},
  volume={89 11},
  pages={6131-5}
}
The ability of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) to infect small animal species may be restricted given the fact that mice, ferrets, and hamsters were shown to resist MERS-CoV infection. We inoculated rabbits with MERS-CoV. Although virus was detected in the lungs, neither significant histopathological changes nor clinical symptoms were observed. Infectious virus, however, was excreted from the upper respiratory tract, indicating a potential route of MERS-CoV transmission… CONTINUE READING
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