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
Additional CDC resources:
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:
- CDC will post new information about MERS on their websites:
- World Health Organization coronavirus infections website
- Indiana State Department of Health
- MERS-CoV guidelines for clinicians poster: New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
- STOP poster for entrances and triage stations: New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
- 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.
- 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.
- 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