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MERS Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Update for clinicians

Information for Emergency Departments, High Dependency Units and Respiratory Units

Human cases of MERS-CoV infection continue to be reported from countries of the Arabian Peninsula (particularly Saudi Arabia) with sporadic travel-related infections reported in non-endemic countries.

There have been no major changes to the clinical testing or infection control guidance from previous advice.

WHO has not identified any increase in transmissibility of the virus, and continues to advise that appropriate infection control practices can prevent hospital outbreaks.

The MERS-CoV national guidelines for public health units also contain guidance on the identification and management of close contacts of MERS-CoV cases. These guidelines are available online here.