Saudi camel love may hinder control of new disease

RIYADH – The 40-odd men gathered in a sandy, dung-scattered auction pen at one of Saudi Arabia’s largest camel markets were fiercely dismissive of a link scientists have found between the animals and an often fatal virus in humans.

“It’s not true. It’s a lie. We live with camels, we drink their milk, we eat their meat. There’s no disease. We live and sleep and spend our whole lives with them and there’s nothing,” said Faraj al-Subai’i, a trader at the market.

Mo was big on Camel urine so it’s doubtful they’ll divorce their camels.