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.
Countries with Lab-Confirmed MERS Cases
Countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula with Cases
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Countries with Travel-associated Cases
- United Kingdom (UK)
- United States of America (USA)
- South Korea
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: June 1, 2015
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