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Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV)

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Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a moderate to severe, and sometimes fatalacute respiratory illness that was first reported in 2012. The disease is caused by MERS-CoV, a member of the coronavirus family, which also includes the virus that caused the SARS epidemic in 2009. Human to human transmission of the infection takes place through close contact with infected persons. The flu-like symptoms of this disease include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms of this type should be confirmed by laboratory tests, in cases with relevant travel history, exposure to animals, or contact with sick persons.


Recent News Articles

WHO: Upsurge in MERS Corona Virus Due to Warmer Weather
Lisa Schlein, Voice of America, April 30, 2014

MERS virus from camels and humans called indistinguishable.
If infections were coming directly from camels, more disease would be expected in workers
Kas Roussy, CBC News, Apr 29, 2014

MERS virus: Saudi Arabia reports 8 more deaths.
Expert says increase in cases could be due to infection control problems at hospitals
The Associated Press, Apr 27, 2014

Canada on the lookout as exported MERS cases ‘very likely’
Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press, Apr 25, 2014

MERS virus outbreak raising SARS-like concern.
Confirmed cases hit 290, according to World Health Organization
The Canadian Press, Apr 19, 2014


Useful Links
World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO Risk Assessment, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS‐CoV)

European Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Severe respiratory disease associated with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Ninth update, 24 April 2014

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC - Coronavirus - Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)

Public Health Agency of Canada
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)


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