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A rapid scoping review of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus in animal hosts

Gardner, Emma G., Kelton, David, Poljak, Zvonimir, von Dobschuetz, Sophie, Greer, Amy L.
Zoonoses and public health 2019 v.66 no.1 pp. 35-46
Camelus dromedarius, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, animals, disease transmission, experimental design, hosts, models, pathogens, protocols
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS‐CoV) is an emerging zoonotic pathogen discovered in 2012. The purpose of this scoping review was to summarize the empirical evidence for MERS‐CoV in animals in order to map knowledge gaps and to extract data for modelling disease transmission in dromedary camels. A review protocol was developed a priori, and a systematic search, data extraction and summary were conducted using the Arksey and O'Malley framework. Ninety‐nine publications were identified for full review out of 1,368 unique records. Of these publications, 71 were articles in scientific journals. Ninety of the studies were observational and the remaining nine were experimental. We summarize characteristics of animal studies including study design, study population and outcomes of interest for future transmission modelling in the reservoir population. The majority of field studies reported measures of prevalence, while experimental studies provided estimates of transmission parameters that pertain to the natural course of disease.