Close Relative of Human Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus in Bat, South Africa

Ithete, Ndapewa Laudika ; Stoffberg, Samantha ; Corman, Victor Max ; Cottontail, Veronika M. ; Richards, Leigh Rosanne ; Schoeman, M. Corrie ; Drosten, Christian ; Drexler, Jan Felix ; Preiser, Wolfgang (2013-10)

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Ithete, N. L. et al. 2013. Close relative of human Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus in bat, South Africa. Emerg Infect Dis, 19(10):1697-1699, doi:10.3201/eid1910.130946.

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We now report the identification of a South Africa bat derived CoV that has an even closer phylogenetic relationship with MERS-CoV.

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