This is a long awaited case control study. Long awaited.
However, cases were no more likely than controls to report exposure to bats, goats, horses, sheep or consumption of fruits, vegetables, or animal products, including uncooked meat, unpasteurized animal milk, or dromedary urine.
The study also reminds us that the host factors of diabetes, heart diseases and smoking are associated with MERS (the disease, not how likely you are to get infected). If you do not have these then you may be more likely to have mild or asymptomatic outcomes if you were to be exposed and infected by MERS-CoV.
These are astounding findings that will take many by surprise and revolutionize out understanding of MERS (the disease) and MERS-CoV (the virus) throughout the Arabian Peninsula.
Said no-one. Ever.
I hope the study helps to confirm the sizable pool of research that has come before.
But let's not lose sight of the camel in the room; most human cases of MERS come from other human infections closely associated with healthcare settings.
Defeating MERS and MERS-CoV requires battles on many fronts. As usual for any emerging viral disease.
But then, it's a OneHealth kinda world.