Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory illness that is new to humans. It was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and has since spread to several other countries, including the United States. Most people infected with MERS-CoV developed severe acute respiratory illness, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Many of them have died.
MERS in Republic of Korea
Since May 2015, the Republic of Korea has been investigating an outbreak of MERS. It is the largest known outbreak of MERS outside the Arabian Peninsula.
CDC does not recommend that Americans change their travel plans to the Republic of Korea or other countries because of MERS. See MERS in the Republic of Korea, Watch- Level 1 Travel Notice.
For more information, see WHO: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), and CDC HAN Advisory: Updated Information and Guidelines for Evaluation of Patients for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Infection, June 11, 2015.
About MERSInformation about MERS including symptoms and complications, how it spreads, prevention and treatment…
People Who May Be at Increased Risk for MERSInformation for travelers from the Arabian Peninsula, contacts of ill travelers from this area, contacts of a confirmed case of MERS, healthcare personnel not using infection-control precautions, and people with exposure to camels…
Frequently Asked Questions and AnswersInformation about MERS, the virus that causes it, how it spreads, symptoms, prevention tips, and what CDC is doing…
MERS in the U.S.Information about the MERS situation in the U.S. and about the two imported cases confirmed in the U.S. in May 2014…
Information for Healthcare ProfessionalsInterim guidance, clinical features of MERS, case definitions, tools to collect data on patients under investigation, infection prevention and control recommendations, preparedness checklists, home care and isolation or quarantine guidance, air medical transport guidance...
Information for LaboratoriesGuidelines for collecting, handling and testing clinical specimens, and lab biosafety guidelines...
Guidance for TravelGuidelines for travelers to the Arabian Peninsula and the Republic of Korea, recommendations for people planning travel to Saudi Arabia for Hajj or Umrah, guidance for airline crew on flights arriving to the U.S...
Related MaterialsPhotos of MERS-CoV and additional information for general public, media, healthcare professionals and laboratories…
Countries with Lab-Confirmed MERS Cases
Countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula with MERS cases: Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Yemen.
Countries with travel-associated MERS cases: Algeria, Austria, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom (UK), and United States of America (USA).
CDC Commentary: Be on the Lookout for MERS-CoV
CDC's Dr. Susan Gerber provides an update on MERS, including when to evaluate patients, collecting appropriate specimens, and infection control.
Running Time 5:26 mins
Date Released 06/23/2014
- Page last reviewed: February 4, 2015
- Page last updated: June 22, 2015
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