MERS-CoV

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus

Recent News

Feb 20, 2017

News Scan for Feb 20, 2017

Six new MERS cases
Antibiotic resistance in kids
Seoul virus in the Midwest
Zika spread, birth defects
Feb 13, 2017
mom and baby camel

Saudi Arabia reports more MERS cases; WHO announces Buraydah outbreak over

A WHO overview of recent Saudi cases says a small hospital outbreak in Buraydah is now considered over.

Feb 10, 2017

News Scan for Feb 10, 2017

Saudi MERS case
Senate confirms HHS pick
Avian flu update
Feb 06, 2017

News Scan for Feb 06, 2017

H7N9 cases in China
Saudi MERS
Zika microcephaly in Mexico
Chikungunya cases
MenB vaccine and carriage
Feb 02, 2017

News Scan for Feb 02, 2017

IDSA travel-ban concerns
Saudi MERS case
US vaccine support
Cholera vaccine in pregnancy
Respiratory infections & NSAIDs
Feb 01, 2017

News Scan for Feb 01, 2017

More H5N8
Plague cases, treatment
MERS-CoV in camels
Afghanistan polio vaccine drive
Jan 30, 2017

News Scan for Jan 30, 2017

H7N9 cases in China
More Saudi MERS
New chikungunya cases
High Listeria burden
Jan 27, 2017

News Scan for Jan 27, 2017

Yellow fever spike in Brazil
2017 priority diseases
MERS case in health worker
Jan 26, 2017

News Scan for Jan 26, 2017

More H7N9 in China
H9N2 in baby
Texas Zika case
Saudi MERS case
E coli in pizza dough
Jan 25, 2017

News Scan for Jan 25, 2017

Saudi MERS case
WHO director candidates
Seoul virus alert
MRSA in med students

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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FluTrackers (@FluTrackers)
Jason Gale (@jwgale)
Gregory Hartl (@HaertlG)
HealthMap.org (@healthmap)
Crawford Kilian (@crof)
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Maia Majumder, MPH (@maiamajumder)
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Lisa Schnirring (@lisaschnirring)
Marc Sprenger (@ECDC_MSprenger)
World Health Organization (@WHO)

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, Bielefeldt-Ohmann H, Hartwig AE, et al. Infection, replication, and transmission of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus in alpacas. Emerg Infect Dis 2016 Jun;22(6):1031-7

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

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)

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)

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)

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 May 18)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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