Donald G McNeil Jr., writing in the New York Times a few days ago, posited the idea that camel contact, while not at all widespread among the majority of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) cases, may play a role in the first cases that sparked clusters of infection; the so-called index cases.
These sorts of patterns, whether for camels, bats, baboons or cats, are key to understanding infection acquisition.
We all look forward to reading more detailed local analyses of the sleuthing that seeks to define first contact with our MERS-CoV adversary...sometime in the future.
Infection Scene Investigation (ISI): Kingdom of Saudi Arabia?
First noticed on Twitter from @crof.