Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Fun ride camels need to be tested for Mers: Expert  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 08/05/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!


(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Scientific director of the cvrl says it is important to scree the camels after scientists establish the link between camels and mers-cov.

camels used for giving tourists fun rides need to be screened for corona virus which causes mers (middle east respiratory syndrome) the uae’s top veterinary expert in the disease has said.

with scientists establishing the link between camels and mers-cov it is important to screen these camels said professor ulli wernery the scientific director of the central veterinary research laboratory (cvrl) in dubai.

“we do not want any tourists to catch the disease. that would be the worst scenario here” he told khaleej times.

tour companies that provide camel riding should seek the help of veterinarians to collect nasal swab of camels and get them tested he said.

“it is an easy but a very important precautionary measure.”

though the number of camels used by tour operators would not be too high the scientist said it is important to focus on them since hundreds of tourists come in close contact with them. last week prof. wernery had advised that tourists should refrain from touching and kissing camels. “once these camels are tested and everything is found safe then there is no need to worry.”

“though we are only talking about camels now we should broaden our views and look at other animals too as we don’t know (how) camels ... get the virus” said the expert who last week attended a top meeting on mers in saudi arabia. researchers at cvrl are now collecting samples from rodents gazelles and other animals from the desert to find out the possibility of any of them being a reservoir of the virus.

the central veterinary research laboratory (cvrl) which is the only high-security lab that has collected samples from hundreds of rodents has sent 200 samples — mainly from camel farms — for tests at the institute of virology at bonn in germany.

“though we have the capacity to test them for the viruses we sent them to germany at the request of the scientist who discovered that the strain of virus in camels and infected people was the same. we are expecting the results from there in two or three weeks.”

central veterinary research laboratory (cvrl) is now testing samples from all types of species that reach the lab. all 25 camels in the lab’s facility have already tested negative.

“however we found antibodies in the frozen samples kept at the lab for years which indicates that the virus has been here for many years. so we need to find out where it came from.

“we’ve got some samples from gazelles as well. we need to check gazelles since it has already been found that camels had contracted tb from gazelles in the desert some years back” he said.

every day the central veterinary research laboratory (cvrl ) receives five to 10 dead animals for autopsy. the common causes of death are pneumonia diarrhea and various deficiencies.

“the owners must know why they died. if it is found that they died due to any infectious disease the ministry (of environment and water authority) and the municipality are informed.”

sajila?khaleejtimes.com


 


Khaleej Times




  MENA News Headlines
 Mar 28 2017 - Kan Yama Kan Inaugurates a 2000-book School Library in IndiaMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Editorial)The Kan Yama Kan (Once Upon a Time) initiative, a subsidiary of the UAE Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY), has recently inaugurated a 2,000-book library at the Naushera Mewat ...

 Mar 28 2017 - KIB’s showjumping team earns new accoladeMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Editorial)The Kuwait International Bank (KIB) showjumping team recently earned a new impressive accolade, adding to its growing roster of achievements, with jockey Ahmad Al-Mudaheka nabbing ...

 Mar 28 2017 - Munich’s Bayerischer Hof Hotel to spend $11 million to increase share of projected 3.6 million GCC visitors to Germany by 2030MENAFN Press
(MENAFN Editorial)The historic Bayerischer Hof Hotel in Munich is to spend over EURO12 million ($11 million) on a renovation project aimed at attracting more GCC visitors. The multi award-winning ...

 Mar 28 2017 - Bank Muscat - Ratings Lowered in line with Recent Oman Sovereign Rating Action Outlook Revised to StableMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Editorial) 28th March 2017 Bank Muscat’s Ratings Lowered in line with Recent Oman Sovereign Rating Action; Outlook Revised to ‘Stable’ Capital Intelligence Ratings (CI Ratings or CI), ...

 Mar 28 2017 - H.E. Alfadhel Mohamed Al Harthy, Secretary General to the Cabinet inaugurates the 1st Edition of Smart City Summit OmanMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Editorial)The 1st Edition of the Smart City Summit Oman was inaugurated by H.E. Alfadhel Mohamed Al Harthy, Secretary General to the Cabinet at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre on 28th ...

 Mar 28 2017 - Sharjah Officially Launches its Childhood Protection NetworkMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Editorial)As part of its overall development strategy, and its efforts to provide a safe life, excellent childcare and to protect children’s rights, the Emirate of Sharjah launched the ...

 Mar 28 2017 - Al Mazaya Holding endorses 8 percent of share nominal value in cash for Shareholders in 2016MENAFN Press
(MENAFN Editorial)Al Mazaya Holding’s Ordinary General Assembly convened on Tuesday, March 28 2017, at Al Mazaya Tower, strategically located in Al Mirqab Area in Kuwait City, one of the company’s ...

 Mar 28 2017 - Sharjah to Showcase its Leading Integrated Business Environment at AIM 2017MENAFN Press
(MENAFN Editorial)Sharjah FDI Office (Invest in Sharjah) - the promotional arm of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) - has announced that it will participate at the seventh ...

 Mar 28 2017 - In the presence of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, H.E. Essa Kazim, Governor of DIFC, welcomes President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and distinguished delegationMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Editorial)His Excellency Essa Kazim, Governor of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), earlier this week welcomed His Excellency Nursultan Nazarbayev, the President of the Republic of ...

 Mar 28 2017 - City Centre Rotana Doha celebrates Vietnamese Food Week with Iron Chef Michael BaoMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Editorial)Teatro, City Centre Rotana’s specialty signature restaurant, in partnership with Emirates Airline will host a Vietnamese Food Week featuring award winning Iron Chef Michael Bao ...

more...


 





Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Search News
Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help