MERS-CoV

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus

Recent News

May 25, 2017

News Scan for May 25, 2017

Ebola in DRC
Saudi MERS cases
Yellow fever in Brazil
Zika and fetal outcome
WHO budget OK'd
May 24, 2017

News Scan for May 24, 2017

Qatar MERS case
Pneumonia vaccine protection
May 22, 2017
WHA Margaret Chan

WHA hears Chan's farewell, prepares to pick new WHO head

Chan said infectious disease challenges over the last decade led to better preparedness, but not nearly enough.

May 19, 2017

News Scan for May 19, 2017

Saudi MERS cases
Unfilled CDC positions
Dengue and preterm birth
May 17, 2017

News Scan for May 17, 2017

Saudi MERS cases
Health providers work through ILI
N95 protection for nurses
Support for NIH funding
May 15, 2017

News Scan for May 15, 2017

Saudi MERS cases
Syria paralysis cluster probe
H5N1, H5N8 outbreaks
Chikungunya spike
Access to older antibiotics
May 09, 2017
MERS virus

MERS study indicates mild cases might be missed

In other developments, Saudi Arabia reported 3 more cases, 1 of them fatal.

May 08, 2017

News Scan for May 08, 2017

Saudi MERS case
Resistance, stewardship in Asia Pacific
More chikungunya
New rotavirus vaccine
May 03, 2017

News Scan for May 03, 2017

Saudi MERS case
Fast Zika test
H9N2-H1N1 reassortment
Raw cheese and Listeria
May 01, 2017

News Scan for May 01, 2017

Saudi MERS case
Puerto Rican Zika numbers
Chikungunya in Americas

Resources & Literature

Resources

 

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Last updated Oct 8, 2014

Latest Cases & General Information

Frequently updated case list from FluTrackersTransmission electron micrograph of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus
Disease outbreak news from WHO
Maia Majumder, MPH, MERS resources on Tumblr
Virology Down Under MERS-CoV page
Naming of MERS-CoV from Science (May 6, 2013)
Genetic sequence of MERS-CoV from PHE

Health Agency Documents

World Health Organization (WHO)

MERS-CoV page 
List of latest case updates
Summary updates landing page
Latest risk assessment (Apr 24, 2014)
Frequently asked questions (May 9, 2014)
Interim Case Definitions (Jul 14, 2014)
Guidance on conducting case-control studies (Jul 15, 2014)
Interim surveillance recommendations (Jun 27, 2013)
Interim recommendations for laboratory testing (Sep 16, 2o13)
Seroepidemiological investigation of contacts (Nov 19, 2013)                                                                     Risk factors of infection among health care personnel (Jan 27, 2014)
Guidance for health care professionals (May 6, 2013)
Clinical management (Feb 11, 2013)
Home care for patients with MERS-CoV infection (Aug 8, 2013)
Travel recommendations (Jun 5, 2013)
Travel advice for pilgrims (Jun 3, 2014)
Naming of the novel coronavirus (May 28, 2013)

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

MERS-CoV page
Press release on first US case
(May 2, 2014)
Press release on clearing of contacts of first 2 US cases (Jun 17, 2014)
Health Alert Network advisory (May 3, 2014)
Frequently asked questions
(Aug 4, 2014)
Case definitions (Jun 25, 2014)
Interim guidance for healthcare professionals (Jul 29, 2014)
Guidance for travelers (May 21, 2014)
Infection prevention and control guidelines (Jul 11, 2014)
Information and guidance for clinicians (Jun 18, 2013)
Guidance on air medical transport for MERS patients (Jul 3, 2014)

Interim guidance for airline crew
(Mar 10, 2014)
Guidelines for evaluation of MERS-CoV (Jun 7, 2013)                                                                                   Interim guidelines for collection, processing and transport of clinical specimens (Jun 7, 2013)          Interim guidance for preventing MERS-CoV from spreading in homes and communities (Jul 11, 2014)
Interim home care and isolation guidance for MERS-CoV (Jul 11, 2014)
Advanced molecular detection (Aug 25, 2014)
MERS-CoV Images                                                   

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

MERS-CoV page
Updated rapid risk assessment (Apr 25, 2014) 
Epidemiologic update
(May 16, 2014)

Public Health England (PHE)

MERS-CoV page
Key facts  (Oct 4, 2013)
Risk assessment (May 2, 2014)
Treatment of MERS-CoV: Decision support tool (Jul 14, 2014)
Infection control advice (Jun 28, 2013)
Primary care algorithm for MERS & avian flu (May 28, 2014)
Algorithm for management of possible cases (Jul 14, 2014)
Algorithm for management of close contacts (May 16, 2014)
Epidemiologic protocols (Nov 11, 2013)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

RT-PCR Assay fact sheet for health care professionals (Jun 12, 2014)
RT-PCR assay fact sheet for patients (Jun 12, 2014) 
Emergency use authorization (Jun 10, 2014)

World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)

Questions and answers  (Aug 2014)

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)

Risk assessment (Oct 8, 2014)
Public health notice (Oct 1, 2014)
Travel health notice (Jul 24, 2014)
Infection prevention and control guidance (Oct 4, 2013)
Interim case definition (Sep 23, 2013)
Coronavirus in animals (May 28, 2013)
Case report form (Apr 22, 2013) 

Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health (MOH)

MERS-CoV Page 
Infection prevention and control precautions (May 15, 2013)
Frequently asked questions
Procedures for suspected or confirmed cases 
Media Statements  

Twitter 

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Recent Literature

Abolfotouh MA, AlQarni AA, Al-Ghamdi SM, et al. An assessment of the level of concern among hospital-based health-care workers regarding MERS outbreaks in Saudi Arabia. BMC Infect Dis 2017 Jan 3;17:4

Adney DR, Brown VR, Porter SM, et al. Inoculation of goats, sheep, and horses with MERS-CoV does not result in productive viral shedding. Viruses 2016 Aug 19;8(8):230

Al Hosani FL, Pringle K, Al Mulla M, et al. Response to emergence of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, Abu Dhabi, United Arab

Ali M, El-Shesheny R, Kandeil A, et al. Cross-sectional surveillance of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-COV) in dromedary camels and other mammals in Egypt, August 2015 to January 2016. Euro Surveill 2017 Mar 16;22(11):pii=30487

Alraddadi BM, Al-Salmi HS, Jacobs-Slifka K, et al. Risk factors for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus infection among healthcare personnel. Emerg Infect Dis 2016 (published online Oct 11)

Anthony SJ, Gilardi K, Menachery VD, et al. Further evidence for bats as the evolutionary source of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus. mBio 2017 Apr 4;8(2):e00373-17

Arabi Y, Hajeer AH, Luke T, et al. Feasibility of using convalescent plasma immunotherapy for MERS-CoV infection, Saudi Arabia. Emerg Infect Dis 2016 (published online Jul 20)

Arabi YM, Balkhy HH, Hayden FG, et al. Middle East respiratory syndrome. N Engl J Med 2017 Feb 9;376(6):584-94

Arwady MA, Alraddadi B, Basler C, et al. Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus transmission in extended family, Saudi Arabia, 2014. Emerg Infect Dis 2016 (published online Jul 15)

Assiri A, Abedi GR, Almasry M, et al. Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus infection during pregnancy: a report of 5 cases from Saudi Arabia. Clin Infect Dis 2016 (published online Jun 28)

Assiri AM, Midgley CM, Abedi GR, et al. Epidemiology of a novel recombinant MERS-CoV in humans in Saudi Arabia. J Infect Dis 2016 (published online Jun 14)

Badawi A, Ryoo SG. Prevalence of comorbidities in the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV): a systematic review and meta-analysis. Int J Infect Dis 2016 (published online Jun 21)

Cauchemez S, Nouvellet P, Cori A, et al. Unraveling the drivers of MERS-CoV transmission. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 2016 (published online Jul 25)

Chen Z, Bao L, Chen C, et al. Human neutralizing monoclonal antibody efficiently inhibits MERS-CoV replication in common marmoset. J Infect Dis 2017 (published online May 2)

Cho SY, Kang JM, Ha YE, et al. MERS-CoV outbreak following a single patient exposure in an emergency room in South Korea: an epidemiological outbreak study. Lancet 2016 (published online Jul 8)

Choe PG, Perera RAPM, Park WB, et al. MERS-CoV antibody responses 1 year after symptom onset, South Korea, 2015. Emerg Infect Dis 2017 (published online May 8)

Corman VM, Eckerle I, Memish ZA, et al. Link of a ubiquitous human coronavirus to dromedary camels. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA (published online Aug 15)

de Wit E, Feldmann F, Horne E, et al. Domestic pig unlikely reservoir for MERS-CoV. Emerg Infect Dis 2017 (published online Mar 17)

El Bushra HE, Al Arbash HA, Mohammed M, et al. Outcome of strict implementation of infection prevention control measures during an outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome. Am J Infect Control 2017 (published online Feb 8)

Excler JL, Delvecchio CJ, Wiley RE, et al. Toward developing a preventive MERS-CoV vaccine — report from a workshop organized by the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health and the International Vaccine Institute, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, November 14-15, 2015. Emerg Infect Dis 2016 (published online Jun 24)

Khan RM, Al-Dorzi HM, Al Johani S, et al. Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus on inanimate surfaces: a risk for health care transmission. Am J Infect Control 2016 Jun (published online Jun 21)

Kim SW, Park JW, Jung HD, et al. Risk factors for transmission of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus infection during the 2015 outbreak in South Korea. Clin Infect Dis 2016 (published online Dec 10)

Kim SY, Park SJ, Cho SY, et al. Viral RNA in blood as indicator of severe outcome in Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus infection. Emerg Infect Dis 2016 (published online Jul 28)

Ko JH, Park GE, Lee JY, et al. Predictive factors for pneumonia development and progression to respiratory failure in MERS-CoV infected patients. J Infect 2016 (published online Aug 9)

Lin SC, Ho CT, Chuo WH, et al. Effective inhibition of MERS-CoV infection by resveratrol. BMC Infect Dis 2017 Feb 13;17:144

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