Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus

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Apr 26, 2022
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Apr 05, 2022

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Cost of inappropriate antibiotic use
More US avian flu detections
Deadly Listeria salad outbreak
Qatari MERS case
Mar 28, 2022

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Impact of COVID contact tracing
Antibiotic stewardship in the NICU
US flu on the rise
MERS in Qatar
Jan 03, 2022

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E coli in leafy greens
Candida auris in Oregon
Four Saudi MERS cases
Polio in Africa
Dec 14, 2021

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COVID-19 and myocarditis
Convalescent plasma and COVID-19
United Arab Emirates MERS case
Lyme disease in Nebraska
Oct 06, 2021

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Malaria vaccine for at-risk kids
C diff in the environment
CWD management grants
Saudi MERS case
Aug 30, 2021

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Antibody combo cuts COVID hospitalizations
COVID-19 household spread
Kids' weight gain during pandemic
CWD in Texas
Saudi MERS case
Aug 04, 2021

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Antibiotics for respiratory infections
African swine fever in Dominican Republic
MERS vaccine trial

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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  


Helen Branswell (@HelenBranswell)
Michael Coston (@Fla_Medic)
Martin Enserink (@martinenserink)
FluTrackers (@FluTrackers)
Jason Gale (@jwgale)
Gregory Hartl (@HartlGA) (@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

Arabi YM, Hajeer AH, Balkhy H, et al. Kinetics of antibody response in critically ill patients with Middle East respiratory syndrome and association with mortality and viral clearance. Sci Rep 2021 Nov 19;11(22548)

Berruga-Ferrandez T, Robesyn E, Korhonen T, et al. Risk Assessment for the transmission of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-Cov) on aircraft: a systematic review. Epidemiol Infect 2021 (published online Jun 10)

Cheon S, Park U, Park H, et al. Longevity of seropositivity and neutralizing antibodies in recovered MERS patients: a five-year follow-up study. Clin Microbiol Infect 2021 (published online Jun 13)

Chung E, Chow EJ, Wilcox NC, et al. Comparison of symptoms and RNA levels in children and adults with SARS-CoV-2 infection in the community setting. JAMA Pediatr 2021 (published online Jun 11)

Eckstein S, Ehmann R, Gritli A, et al. Prevalence of Middle East respiratory coronavirus in dromedary camels, Tunisia. Emerg Infect Dis (Dispatch) 2021 Jul;27(7)

Orynbayev MB, Hitch AT, Kerimbayev AA, et al. Serological exposure in Bactrian and dromedary camels in Kazakhstan to a MERS or MERS-like coronavirus. Transbound Emerg Dis 2022 (published online Feb 2)

Weidinger P, Kolodziejek J, Camp JV, et al. MERS-CoV in sheep, goats, and cattle, United Arab Emirates, 2019: virological and serological investigations reveal an accidental spillover from dromedaries. Transbound Emerg Dis 2021 (published online Aug 30)

Zhou Z, Hui KP, So RT, et al. Phenotypic and genetic characterization of MERS coronaviruses from Africa to understand their zoonotic potential. Proc Natl Acad Sci 2021 Jun 22:118(25):e2103984118

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