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Indian Army plans to use camels for patrolling along China border

CHANDIGARH: The Indian Army is planning to introduce camels as part of overall measures to check intrusion along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), in Ladakh. LAC is a 4,057-km porous border running through glaciers, snow deserts, mountains and rivers separate India and China The army plans to use both double-humped (Bactrian) and single-humped camels for patrolling, according to report by the TOI. The moves in the wake of Indian army’s concerns about the presence of Chinese troops near the Sikkim-Tibet-Bhutan…

Health experts see camels as solution to fight deadly MERS virus

GENEVA: The fight against the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), which has killed at least 722 people over the past five years, is honing in on its target: camels. MERS coronavirus (MERS-CoV), a member of a virus family ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, appears to have emerged in humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012, but has now been traced back in camels to at least 1983. Almost all the outbreaks so far originated in the Arabian Gulf, but MERS-CoV could infect humans wherever…