MERS-CoV

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus

Recent News

May 22, 2015

News Scan for May 22, 2015

More Ebola in West Africa
New Qatar MERS case
Raw tuna Salmonella
May 21, 2015

More MERS cases in South Korea, Qatar, Saudi Arabia

A MERS-infected man in South Korea has passed the disease to his wife and to a hospital roommate.

May 20, 2015

South Korea has its first MERS case; UAE finds 2

MERS has reached South Korea for the first time, and the UAE has identified 2 asymptomatic cases.

May 18, 2015

UAE confirms MERS infection; Saudi cases pass 1,000

The UAE reports 1 MERS case and Saudi Arabia 2, while the WHO details 5 recent Saudi cases.

May 14, 2015

News Scan for May 14, 2015

MERS muddle in Saudi Arabia
H7N9 cases in China
Smallpox vaccine trials
Flu vaccine plant OK'd
Polio vaccination
May 11, 2015

Saudi MERS pace quickens with 12 cases in 3 days

Three cases were reported May 9, and the 9 new cases today include 4 that may represent a household cluster.

May 08, 2015

Iran reports MERS case; camel workers at increased risk

Iran reports its first case since last July as the CDC posts an alert for upcoming travel to Saudi Arabia.

May 05, 2015

News Scan for May 05, 2015

Another Saudi MERS case
Pertussis vaccine effectiveness
May 04, 2015

News Scan for May 04, 2015

MERS case in Saudi Arabia
More chikungunya in Americas
May 01, 2015

News Scan for May 01, 2015

Nepal diarrheal outbreak prevention
Saudi MERS case
STEC outbreak in Washington
S aureus in swine workers
Neglected diseases in Africa

Resources & Literature

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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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ECDC (@ECDC_EU)
Martin Enserink (@martinenserink)
FluTrackers (@FluTrackers)
Jason Gale (@jwgale)
Gregory Hartl (@HaertlG)
HealthMap.org (@healthmap)
Crawford Kilian (@crof)
Ian M Mackay, PhD (@MackayIM)
Maia Majumder, MPH (@maiamajumder)
NPR Global Health (@nprGlobalHealth)
Lisa Schnirring (@lisaschnirring)
Marc Sprenger (@ECDC_MSprenger)
World Health Organization (@WHO)

Recent Literature

Abroug F, Slim A, Ouanes-Besbes L, et al. Family cluster of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus infections, Tunisia, 2013. Emerg Infect Dis 2014 (published online Jun 9)

Adney DR, van Doremalen N, Brown VR, et al. Replication and shedding of MERS-CoV in upper respiratory tract of inoculated dromedary camels. Emerg Infect Dis 2014 (published online Sep 24)

Al-Abaidani IS, Al-Maani AS, Al-Kindi HS, et al. Overview of preparedness and response for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Oman. Int J Infect Dis 2014 (published online Oct 28)

Al-Tawfiq JA, Zumla A, Memish ZA. Travel implications of emerging coronaviruses: SARS and MERS-CoV. Travel Med Infect Dis 2014 Sep-Oct;12(5):422-8

Azhar EI, El-Kafrawy SA, Farraj SA, et al. Evidence for camel-to-human transmission of MERS coronavirus. N Engl J Med 2014 (published online Jun 3)

Azhar EI, Hashem AM, El-Kafrawy SA, et al. Detection of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus genome in an air sample originating from a camel barn owned by an infected patient. MBio 2014 Jul 22;5(4):e01450-14

Breakwell L, Pringle K, Chea N, et al. Lack of transmission among close contacts of patient with imported case of Middle East respiratory syndrome into the United States, 2014. Emerg Infect Dis 2015 (published online Apr 8)

Chan RWY, Hemida MG, Kayali G, et al. Tropism and replication of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus from dromedary camels in the human respiratory tract: an in-vitro and ex-vivo study. Lancet Respir Med 2014 (published online Aug 29)

Chan SMS, Damdinjav B, Perera RAPM, et al. Absence of MERS-coronavirus in Bactrian camels, southern Mongolia, November 2014. (Letter) Emerg Infect Dis 2015 (published online Mar 4)

Corman VM, Ithete NL, Richards LR, et al. Rooting the phylogenetic tree of MERS-coronavirus by characterization of a conspecific virus from an African bat. J Virol 2014 (published online Jul 16)

Drosten C, Meyer B, Muller MA, et al. Transmission of MERS-coronavirus in household contacts. N Engl J Med 2014 Aug 28;371(9):828-35

Falzarano D, de Wit E, Feldmann F, et al. Infection with MERS-CoV causes lethal pneumonia in the common marmoset. PLoS Pathog 2014 Aug 21;10(8):e1004250

Gardner LM, MacIntyre CR. Unanswered questions about the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). BMC Res Notes 2014 Jun 11;7:358

Hall AJ, Tokars JI, Badreddine SA, et al. Health care worker contact with MERS patient, Saudi Arabia. Emerg Infect Dis 2014 (published online Nov 6)

Hemida MG, Al-Naeem A, Perera RAPM, et al. Lack of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus transmission from infected camels. Emerg Infect Dis 2015 (published online Jan 12)

Hemida MG, Perera RA, Al Jassim RA, et al. Seroepidemiology of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus in Saudi Arabia (1993) and Australia (2014) and characterisation of assay specificity. Euro Surveill 2014 Jun 12;19(23):pii=20828

Kapoor M, Pringle K, Kumar A, et al. Clinical and laboratory findings of the first imported case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) into the United States. Clin Infect Dis 2014 (published online Aug 6)

Khalafalla AI, Lu X, Al-Mubarak AIA, et al. MERS-CoV in upper respiratory tract and lungs of dromedary camels, Saudi Arabia, 2013-2014. Emerg Infect Dis 2015 (published online Apr 22)

Leclercq I, Batejat C, Burguiere AM, et al. Heat inactivation of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus. Influenza Other Respir Viruses 2014 (published online Jul 29)

Madani TA. Case definition and management of patients with MERS coronavirus in Saudi Arabia. Lancet Infect Dis 2014 Oct;14(10):911-3

Maltezou HC, Tsiodras S. Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus: implications for health care facilities. Am J Infect Control 2014 Dec;42(12):1261-5

Memish ZA, Almasri M, Turkestani A, et al. Etiology of severe community-acquired pneumonia during Hajj—part of the MERS-CoV surveillance program. Int J Infect Dis 2014 (published online Jun 23)

Memish ZA, Alsahly A, al Masri M, et al. Sparse evidence of MERS-CoV infection among animal workers living in Southern Saudi Arabia during 2012. Influenza Other Respir Viruses 2014 (published online Dec 3)

Memish ZA, Assiri AM, Al-Tawfiq JA. Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) viral shedding in the respiratory tract: an observational analysis with infection control implications. Int J Infect Dis 2014 (published online Oct 24)

Meyer B, Garcia-Bocanegra I, Wernery U, et al. Serologic assessment of possibility for MERS-CoV infection in equids. Emerg Infect Dis 2014 (published online Dec 10)

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