Have a Cold? Blame a Camel

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Coming down with the common cold is a recurring reality, and now a group of scientists from the Institute of Virology at the University Hospital of Bonn believe they have finally found where the infectious day wrecker began.

While examining roughly 1,000 camels for an investigation into the deadly MERS virus, scientists found a surprising pathogen that is related to ‘HCoV-229E’, also known as the human common cold virus.

We all know that a cold is easily spread to others with little effort, so tracing the origins have been hard to pinpoint, but with this new discovery, the scientists are confident that the common cold was originally transmitted from camel to humans many years ago.

So the next time you have a cold, be sure to blame the camel.

Sources: DZIF

Photo: YoTuT [Flickr]

Stephen Fuchs
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