MERS-CoV

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus

Recent News

Apr 27, 2016

News Scan for Apr 27, 2016

H5N8 in migratory birds
Laninamivir as flu prophylaxis
Saudi MERS details
Apr 25, 2016
Home care of man in wheelchair

MERS sickens another Saudi; WHO weighs in on 11 cases

The WHO's overview of recent Saudi cases shows familiar exposure patterns.

Apr 19, 2016

News Scan for Apr 19, 2016

Public health funding
Saudi MERS cases
More chikungunya
New H7N9 cases
MRSA in athletes
Apr 18, 2016

News Scan for Apr 18, 2016

Hospital MERS detection
H7N9 cases in China
Healthcare visits and Ebola
Antimicrobial stewardship
Apr 15, 2016
Camel closeup

Saudi Arabia reports new MERS case; WHO details 16

Of the 16 cases noted by the WHO, 9 are in Buraydah, 6 proved fatal, and 4 involved camel contact.

Apr 14, 2016

News Scan for Apr 14, 2016

Antibiotic stewardship guidance
Yellow fever in Angola
MERS hospital outbreak study
Apr 13, 2016

News Scan for Apr 13, 2016

Illinois Elizabethkingia case
New Saudi MERS illnesses
Egyptian H5N1 details
Apr 12, 2016
Camel farm

Bahrain, Saudi MERS detections tied to camel contact

Two cases involve camel contact, and Saudi officials report 3 outbreaks in herds.

Apr 11, 2016

News Scan for Apr 11, 2016

More Saudi MERS
New chikungunya cases
Antibiotic overuse in India
Apr 07, 2016

News Scan for Apr 07, 2016

Third Ebola case in Liberia
Fatal Saudi MERS case
Flu vaccine gap in Denmark
Africa polio surveillance

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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

Al Hammadi ZM, Chu DK, Eltahir YM, et al. Asymptomatic MERS-CoV infection in humans possibly linked to infected camels imported from Oman to United Arab Emirates, May 2015. Emerg Infect Dis 2015 Dec;21(12)

Alsahafi AJ, Cheng AC. The epidemiology of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2012-2015. Int J Infect Dis 2016 (published online Feb 10)

Alshukairi AN, Khalid I, Ahmed WA, et al. Antibody response and disease severity in healthcare worker MERS survivors. Emerg Infect Dis 2016 (published online Apr 27)

Assiri A, Abedi GR, Saeed AAB, et al. Multifacility outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome in Taif, Saudi Arabia. Emerg Infect Dis 2015 (published online Nov 2)

Atabani, SF, Wilson S, Overton-Lewis C, et al. Active screening and surveillance in the United Kingdom for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus in returning travelers and pilgrims from the Middle East — a prospective descriptive study for the period 2013-2015. Int J Infect Dis 2016 (published online Apr 23)

Balkhy HH, Alenazi TH, Alshamrani MM, et al. Nosocomial outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome in a large tertiary care hospital — Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2015. (Notes from the field) MMWR 2016 Feb 19;65(6):163-4

Butt TS, Koutlakis-Barron I, AlJumaah S, et al. Infection control and prevention practices implemented to reduce transmission risk of Middle East respiratory syndrome-coronavirus in a tertiary care institution in Saudi Arabia. Am J Infect Control 2016 (published online Feb 25)

Chan JFW, Yao Y, Yeung ML, et al. Treatment with lopinavir/ritonavir or interferon-beta-1b improves outcome of MERS-CoV infection in a non-human primate model of common marmoset.  J Infect Dis 2015 (published online Jul 21)

Chowell G, Abdirizak F, Lee S, et al. Transmission characteristics of MERS and SARS in the healthcare setting: a comparative study. BMC Medicine 2015 Sep 3;13:210

Chu DK, Oladipo JO, Perera RA, et al. Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-COV) in dromedary camels in Nigeria, 2015. Euro Surveill 2015 Dec 10;20(49):pii=30086

Chu J, Zhou J, Wong BH, et al. Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus efficiently infects human primary T lymphocytes and activates the extrinsic and intrinsic apoptosis pathways. J Infect Dis 2015 (published online Jul 22)

Corman VM, Albarrak AM, Omrani AS, et al. Viral shedding and antibody response in 37 patients with MERS-coronavirus infection. Clin Infect Dis 2015 (published online Nov 12)

Corti D, Zhao J, Pedotti M, et al. Prophylactic and postexposure efficacy of a potent human monoclonal antibody against MERS coronavirus. Proc Natl Acad Sci 2015 (published online Jul 27)

Cowling BJ, Park M, Fang V, et al. Preliminary epidemiological assessment of MERS-CoV outbreak in South Korea, May to June 2015. Euro Surveill 2015 Jun 25;20(25):pii=21163

Crameri G, Durr PA, Klein R, et al. Experimental infection and response to rechallenge of alpacas with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus. Emerg Infect Dis 2016 (published online Mar 3)

Deem SL, Fevre EM, Kinnaird M, et al. Serological evidence of MERS-CoV antibodies in dromedary camels (Camelus dromedaries) in Laikipia County, Kenya. PLoS One 2015 Oct 16;10(10):e0140125

Fabgo SF, Skakni L, Chu DKW, et al. Molecular epidemiology of hospital outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2014. Emerg Infect Dis 2015 (published online Jul 20)

Feikin DR, Alraddadi B, Qutub M, et al. Association of higher MERS-CoV virus load with severe disease and death, Saudi Arabia, 2014. Emerg Infect Dis 2015 (published online Jul 24)

Gostin LO, Lucey D. Middle East respiratory syndrome: a global health challenge. (Commentary) JAMA 2015 (published online Jun 17)

Gutierrez C, Tejedor-Junco MT, Gonzalez M, et al. Presence of antibodies but no evidence for circulation of MERS-CoV in dromedaries on the Canary Islands, 2015. Euro Surveill 2015 Sep 17;20(37):pii=30019

Haagmans BL, van den Brand JMA, Raj VS, et al. An orthopoxvirus-based vaccine reduces virus excretion after MERS-CoV infection in dromedary camels. Science 2015 (published online Dec 17)

Hastings DL, Tokars JI, Abdel Aziz IZAM, et al. Outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome at tertiary care hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2014. Emerg Infect Dis 2016 (published online Apr 13)

Houser KV, Gretebeck L, Ying T, et al. Prophylaxis with a MERS-CoV-specific human monoclonal antibody protects rabbits from MERS-CoV infection. J Infect Dis 2016 (published online Mar 3)

Hunter JC, Nguyen D, Aden B, et al. Transmission of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus infections in healthcare settings, Abu Dhabi. Emerg Infect Dis 2016 (published online Mar 15)

Johnson RF, Bagci U, Keith L, et al. 3B11-N, a monoclonal antibody against MERS-CoV, reduces lung pathology in rhesus monkeys following intratracheal inoculation of MERS-CoV Jordan-n3/2012. Virology 2016 (published online Jan 30)

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