MERS-CoV

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus

Recent News

Jan 17, 2019

News Scan for Jan 17, 2019

WHO MERS snapshot
HPV vaccination gap
WHO misconduct probe
Zika antibody persistence
Jan 15, 2019

News Scan for Jan 15, 2019

MERS in Saudi Arabia
Wider approval for Tdap vaccine
NK bioweapons concern
Global health threats
Jan 09, 2019

News Scan for Jan 09, 2019

Saudi MERS case
H1N1 flu and birth outcomes
Fourth DRC polio outbreak
Cuba Zika outbreak
Yellow fever in Nigeria
WHO on pathogen sequence sharing
Jan 07, 2019

News Scan for Jan 07, 2019

New Saudi MERS case
Acute flaccid myelitis in US
Lyme burden, legislation
Sick HCWs and flu spread
Avian flu in India, Iran
Jan 04, 2019

News Scan for Jan 04, 2019

New Saudi MERS case
Knighthood for Wellcome Trust experts
Acute flaccid myelitis in Europe
Panama hantavirus rise
Jan 03, 2019
Gurney in hospital corridor blurred

Korean experts weigh adding diarrhea to MERS criteria

The most recent imported case to South Korea involved diarrhea but no fever and few respiratory symptoms at first.

Jan 02, 2019

News Scan for Jan 02, 2019

Saudi MERS case
More acute flaccid myelitis
H9N2 infection in China
MRSA pneumonia screening
Gastroenteritis in elderly
Dec 28, 2018

News Scan for Dec 28, 2018

Staph decolonization in the NICU
Saudi MERS overview
Dec 26, 2018

News Scan for Dec 26, 2018

More AFM cases
MERS case in Saudi Arabia
Turkey-linked Salmonella developments
Dec 20, 2018

News Scan for Dec 20, 2018

MERS in Saudi Arabia
Tainted stem-cell injections
Nigeria yellow fever vaccination
Sharing pathogen data in outbreaks
H5 avian flu in India, Bulgaria

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

Ahmed AE, Al-Jahdali H, Alaqeel M, et al. Factors associated with recovery delay in a sample of patients diagnosed by MERS-CoV rRT-PCR: a Saudi Arabian multicenter retrospective study. Influenza Other Respir Viruses 2018 (published online Apr 25)

Ahmed AE, Al-Jahdali H, Alshukairi AN, et al. Early identification of pneumonia patients at increased risk of MERS-CoV infection in Saudi Arabia. Int J Infect Dis 2018 (published online Mar 14)

Al-Tawfiq JA, Abdrabalnabi R, Taher A, et al. Infection control influence of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus: a hospital-based analysis. Am J Infect Control 2018 (published online Nov 27)

Al-Tawfiq JA, Gautret P. Asymptomatic Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection: extent and implications for infection control: a systematic review. Travel Med Infect Dis 2018 (published online Dec 11)

Al-Tawfiq JA, Memish ZA. Lack of seasonal variation of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Travel Med Infect Dis 2018 (published online Sep 12)

Alfaraj SH, Al-Tawfiq JA, Altuwaijri TA, et al. Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus in pediatrics: a report of seven cases from Saudi Arabia. Front Med 2018 (published online Apr 6)

Alfaraj SH, Al-Tawfiq JA, Memish ZA. Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus intermittent positive cases: implications for infection control. Am J Infect Control 2018 (published online Oct 20)

Alqahtani FY, Aleanizy FS, Ali El Hadi Mohamed R, et al. Prevalence of comorbidities in cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus: a retrospective study. Epidemiol Infect 2018 (published online Nov 5)

Alshukairi AN, Zheng J, Zhao J, et al. High prevalence of MERS-CoV infection in camel workers in Saudi Arabia. mBio 2018 (published online Oct 30)

Aman S, Aljaber MI, Alwehaibi AI, et al. Awareness of MERS-CoV among staff members of Prince Sultan Military Medical City in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. bioRxiv 2018 Nov 19

Amer H, Alqahtani AS, Alaklobi F, et al. Healthcare workers exposure to Middle East respiratory syndrome corona virus (MERS-CoV): revision of screening strategies urgently needed. Int J Infect Dis 2018 (published online Apr 9)

Amer H, Alqahtani AS, Alzoman H, et al. Unusual presentation of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus leading to a large outbreak in Riyadh during 2017. Am J Infect Control 2018 (published online Apr 13)

Chen L, Zhang J, Wang J, et al. Newly identified colistin resistance genes, mcr-4 and mcr-5, from upper and lower alimentary tract of pigs and poultry in China. PLoS One 2018 Mar 14;13(3):e0193957

David D, Rotenberg D, Khinich E, et al. Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus specific antibodies in naturally exposed Israeli llamas, alpacas and camels. One Health 2018 (published online May 4)

Islam A, Epstein JH, Rostal MK, et al. Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus antibodies in dromedary camels. Bangladesh, 2015. (Letter) Emerg Infect Dis 2018 (published online Mar 22)

Kim Y. Nurses' experiences of care for patients with Middle East respiratory syndrome-coronavirus in South Korea. Am J Infect Control 2018 (published online Mar 1)

Park WB, Poon LLM, Choi SJ, et al. Replicative virus shedding in the respiratory tract of the patients with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus infection. Int J Infect Dis 2018 (published online May 9)

Payne DC, Biggs HM, Al-Abdallat MM, et al. Multi-hospital outbreak of a Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus deletion variant, Jordan: a molecular, serologic, and epidemiologic investigation. Open Forum Infect Dis 2018 (published online Apr 28)

So RTY, Perera RAPM, Oladipo JO, et al. Lack of serological evidence of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus infection in virus exposed camel abattoir workers in Nigeria, 2016. Euro Surveill 2018 Aug 9;23(32):pii=1800175

Te N, Vergara-Alert J, Lehmbecker A, et al. Co-localization of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and dipeptidyl peptidase-4 in the respiratory tract and lymphoid tissues of pigs and llamas. Transbound Emerg Dis 2018 (published online Dec 6)

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