Camels Gave us the Common Cold Virus
A new study has found that a virus is responsible for causing common cold in humans. This virus is actually originated from camels, just like the dreadful MERS virus. Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory disease caused by acoronavirus (first identified in 2012 in Saudi Arabia).
Till date, we know that there are four globally human coronaviruses which, together known as rhinoviruses, are the main reason for causing common colds. According to researchers, infections with these viruses are harmless to humans.
Several researchers tried to figure out whether the virus is being similar across all animals by performing a molecular comparison on the common cold in humans, camels and bats.
The result has cleared that the cold virus wasn’t just similar in humans and camels. Instead it has jumped from camels to humans.
The good news is that studies have found that the immune system of a human body is pretty good at defending itself against the camel common cold virus.
Fortunately the virus has not dominated humans, and consequently been unable to spread globally up to now.
A MERS vaccine is scheduled for clinical trials just a year ago. Hopefully, researchers will find a way of treating infected humans and better way to stop it’s spread.