MERS-CoV

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus

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Apr 27, 2017

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Apr 26, 2017

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Raw milk burden
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Chikungunya in Pakistan
Apr 24, 2017

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MERS in UAE, Saudi Arabia
H7N9 case in China
Apr 20, 2017

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New Saudi MERS case
Rotavirus vaccine effects
Apr 19, 2017

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Saudi MERS case
Wolbachia trial launch
Federal interagency preparedness drill
Apr 18, 2017

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Zika birth defects in Puerto Rico
MERS in Qatar
Yellow fever in Brazil
Measles travel alerts
Meningitis vaccine shortage
Chikungunya in Pakistan
Apr 14, 2017

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Saudi MERS cases
Zika RNA in mosquitoes
H7N9 cases in China
US flu decline
Apr 12, 2017

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H5N8 in Hungary, Romania
MERS in UAE
Vaccine hesitancy
Huge surgical gown verdict
El Nino cholera shift
Apr 11, 2017

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Saudi MERS cases
Avian flu outbreaks
Melioidosis and cystic fibrosis

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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

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

Ali M, El-Shesheny R, Kandeil A, et al. Cross-sectional surveillance of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-COV) in dromedary camels and other mammals in Egypt, August 2015 to January 2016. Euro Surveill 2017 Mar 16;22(11):pii=30487

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)

Anthony SJ, Gilardi K, Menachery VD, et al. Further evidence for bats as the evolutionary source of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus. mBio 2017 Apr 4;8(2):e00373-17

Arabi YM, Balkhy HH, Hayden FG, et al. Middle East respiratory syndrome. N Engl J Med 2017 Feb 9;376(6):584-94

de Wit E, Feldmann F, Horne E, et al. Domestic pig unlikely reservoir for MERS-CoV. Emerg Infect Dis 2017 (published online Mar 17)

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)

Kim SW, Park JW, Jung HD, et al. Risk factors for transmission of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus infection during the 2015 outbreak in South Korea. Clin Infect Dis 2016 (published online Dec 10)

Lin SC, Ho CT, Chuo WH, et al. Effective inhibition of MERS-CoV infection by resveratrol. BMC Infect Dis 2017 Feb 13;17:144

Miguel E, Chevalier V, Ayelet G, et al. Risk factors for MERS coronavirus infection in dromedary camels in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, and Morocco, 2015. Euro Surveill 2017 Mar 30;22(13):pii=30498

Mohd HA, Memish ZA, Alfaraj SH, et al. Predictors of MERS-CoV infection: a large case control study of patients presenting with ILI at a MERS-CoV referral hospital in Saudi Arabia. Travel Med Infect Dis 2016 (published online Sep 24)

Moon SY, Son JS. Infectivity of an asymptomatic patient with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus infection. Clin Infect Dis 2017 (published online Apr 22)

Nam HS, Park JW, Ki M, et al. High fatality rates and associated factors in two hospital outbreaks of MERS in Daejeon, the Republic of Korea. Int J Infect Dis 2017 (published online Feb 19)

Oh MD, Park WB, Choe PG, et al. Viral load kinetics of MERS coronavirus infection. (Letter) N Engl J Med 2016 Sep 29;375(13):1303-5

Park JW, Lee KJ, Lee KH, et al. Hospital outbreaks of Middle East respiratory syndrome, Daejeon, South Korea, 2015. Emerg Infect Dis 2017 (published online Apr 18)

Saeed AAB, Abedi GR, Alzahrani AG, et al. Surveillance and testing for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, Saudi Arabia, April 2015-February 2016. Emerg Infect Dis 2017 (published online Mar 3)

Saqib M, Sieberg A, Hussain MH, et al. Serologic evidence for MERS-CoV infection in dromedary camels, Punjab, Pakistan, 2012-2015. (Letter) Emerg Infect Dis 2017 (published online Jan 31)

Sikkema RS, Farag EABA, Himatt S, et al. Identification of risk factors for primary MERS–CoV infection in camel workers in Qatar, 2013-2014: a case-control study. J Infect Dis 2017 (published online Apr 6)

Vergara-Alert J, van den Brand JMA, Widagdo W, et al. Livestock susceptibility to infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus. Emerg Infect Dis 2016 (published online Nov 30)

Vergara-Alert J, Vidal E, Bensaid A, et al. Searching for animal models and potential target species for emerging pathogens: experience gained from Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus. One Health 2017 (published online Mar 3)

Wang L, Fu S, Cao Y, et al. Discovery and genetic analysis of novel coronaviruses in least horseshoe bats in southwestern China. Emerg Microbes Infect 2017 (published online Mar 29)

Yang S, Cho SI. Middle East respiratory syndrome risk perception among students at a university in South Korea, 2015. Am J Infect Control 2017 (published online Apr 3)

Yu P, Xu Y, Deng W, et al. Comparative pathology of rhesus macaque and common marmoset animal models with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus. PLoS One 2017 Feb 24;12(2):e0172093

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