Exclusive: In virus hunt, Saudi Arabia suspects African camel imports

June 27, 2014 2:08 PM

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Exclusive: In virus hunt, Saudi Arabia suspects African camel imports

LONDON(Reuters) - Saudi Arabia suspects a virus that has killed hundreds of people there may have arrived in camels from the Horn of Africa, and could ban such imports until it knows more, the kingdom's chief scientist told Reuters.

Any ban on the camel trade with the region would badly hurt the already fragile economy of Somalia, which is a major livestock exporter to Saudi Arabia.

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