Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in US

May 12, 2014    |   By: Calevir

The CDC has announced a second case of MERS-CoV infection found in the United States.   The first case was reported on May 2, 2014.

MERS is a viral respiratory illness first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012.   The CDC reports MERS “is caused by a coronavirus called MERS-CoV. Most people who have been confirmed to have MERS-CoV infection developed sever acute respiratory illness. They had fever, cough, and shortness of breath. More than 30% of these people died.” MERS spreads from the infected individual to those with close contact such as care givers and family members residing with the infected individual.   There is still much that is unknown about the virus.   The CDC continues to research the virus and monitor the situation.   Healthcare professionals should report any person evaluated for MERS-CoV infection to their state or local health department if they are a patient under investigation (PUI).   Health professionals should review the CDCs Interim Guidance for Health Professionals.

Stay up to date with the latest case information and review the CDCs Frequently Asked Questions about MERS.

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