We characterized Middle East respiratory syndrome coronaviruses from a hospital outbreak in Jordan in 2015. The viruses from Jordan were highly similar to isolates from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, except for deletions in open reading frames 4a and 3. Transmissibility and pathogenicity of this strain remains to be determined.

dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid2204.152065, hdl.handle.net/1765/90789
Emerging Infectious Diseases - (Open Access)
This work was funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme; grant id h2020/643476 - COllaborative Management Platform for detection and Analyses of (Re-)emerging and foodborne outbreaks in Europe (COMPARE)
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Lamers, M.M, Raj, V, Shafei, M, Ali, S.S, Abdallh, S.M, Gazo, M, … Haagmans, B.L. (2016). Deletion variants of middle east respiratory syndrome coronavirus from humans, Jordan, 2015. Emerging Infectious Diseases - (Open Access), 22(4), 716–719. doi:10.3201/eid2204.152065