Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is viral respiratory illness that was recently recognized in humans. It was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and has since spread to several other countries, including the United States. Most people identified as infected with MERS-CoV developed severe acute respiratory illness, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Many of them have died.
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, monitoring and movement guidance, 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, 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: Bahrain, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Yemen.
Countries outside of the Arabian Peninsula 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
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- Page last updated: July 13, 2016
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