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microscopic image of MERSMiddle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is 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. More


About MERS

Information about MERS including symptoms and complications, how it spreads, prevention and treatment…

People Who May Be at Increased Risk for MERS

Information 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 & Answers

Information 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 Professionals

Interim 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 Laboratories

Guidelines for collecting, handling and testing clinical specimens; lab biosafety guidelines...

Guidance for Travel

Guidelines for travelersto the Arabian Peninsula, guidance for airline crew on flights arriving to the U.S...

Related Materials

Photos of MERS-CoV and additional information for general public, media, healthcare professionals and laboratories…


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CDC Commentary: Be on the Alert for This Novel Coronavirus

  • CDC Commentary: Be on the Lookout for MERS-CoV
    CDC Commentary: Be on the Lookout for MERS-CoV
    Running Time 5:26 mins
    Date Released 06/23/2014

    CDC's Dr. Susan Gerber provides an update on MERS, including when to evaluate patients, collecting appropriate specimens, and infection control. The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDepartment of Health and Human Services
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