CDC updates interim guidance on infection control for MERS-CoV

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). The updated interim guidance contains new information on: 

•The duration that infection control precautions should be followed,

•Management of ill healthcare workers,

•Considerations for patient visitors,

•Aerosol-generating procedures, and

•Hand Hygiene

Additional CDC resources:

Updated Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients with MERS-CoV

Healthcare Providers Preparedness Checklist

Healthcare Facility Preparedness Checklist


Read key points, updated 5/12/14, summarized by the CDC (including what healthcare professionals should do, and infection control information). 

Here are links to stay up-to-date on the current situation:

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is the illness caused by Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). MERS-CoV is different from other coronaviruses that have been found to infect people. MERS-CoV is not the same coronavirus that caused SARS in 2003. However, like SARS, MERS-CoV has caused severe acute respiratory illness and pneumonia in many reported cases. 
Many people confirmed to have MERS-CoV infection have had severe acute respiratory illness.
  • Symptoms included fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
  • Many of them had pneumonia.
  • Some people also had gastrointestinal symptoms, including diarrhea.
  • Some have had kidney failure.
  • More than 30% of them died.
What the general public should do to protect themselves
  • CDC routinely advises that people help protect themselves from respiratory illnesses by taking everyday preventive actions like washing their hands often; avoiding close contact with people who appear sick; avoiding touching the eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.
  • People should monitor their health if they have had close contact with someone who has fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, after recent travel to a country in or near the Arabian Peninsula.
What people should do if they develop symptoms
  • People who develop a fever and cough or shortness of breath within 14 days after traveling from countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula should call a healthcare provider and mention their recent travel. While sick, stay home from work or school and delay future travel to reduce the possibility of spreading illness to others