Spread of Middle East Respiratory Coronavirus: Genetic versus Epidemiological Data

Description: 

MERS-CoV was discovered in 2012 in the Middle East and human cases around the world have been carefully reported by the WHO. MERS-CoV virus is a novel betacoronavirus closely related to a virus (NeoCov) hosted by a bat, Neoromicia capensis. MERS-CoV infects humans and camels. In 2015, MERS-CoV spread from the Middle East to South Korea which sustained an outbreak. Thus, it is clear that the virus can spread among humans in areas in which camels are not husbanded.

Objective

Here we use novel methods of phylogenetic transmission graph analysis to reconstruct the geographic spread of MERS-CoV. We compare these results to those derived from text mining and visualization of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Disease Outbreak News.

 

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Original Publication Year: 
2016
Event/Publication Date: 
December, 2016

August 10, 2017

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