Officials in Saudi Arabia have confirmed that Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus was identified in a camel that belonged to a man infected with the potentially fatal pathogen. Bats have been implicated in the zoonotic transmission pathway, but scientists had postulated that another species was involved as well. MERS antibodies had been seen in camels but not the virus itself. In a related development, Spanish public health officials have reported the first case of MERS in Spain.

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