Information For Health Professionals on
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
If you are a health professional evaluating a patient for suspected MERS-CoV infection please contact the Minnesota Department of Health immediately at 651-201-5414.
Ask patients with fever and respiratory or other acute infectious illness (ILI) whether they have recent travel to the Arabian Peninsula (Bahrain, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestinian territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Yemen). Clinicians are reminded to consider MERS as a possible diagnosis when evaluating patients with acute respiratory illnesses, including pneumonia.
At this time, no cases of human infection with MERS-CoV have been identified in the United States.
- CDC Case Definitions: MERS Update
Update, Case Definitions, and Guidance. Attention: Non-MDH link
- Contact MDH to report suspect cases and to arrange testing prior to specimen submission. Providers should call MDH at 651-201-5414 or toll-free at 1-877-676-5414 to report suspect cases.
- Specimen Collection and Testing for MERS-CoV
- Until the transmission characteristics of MERS-CoV are better understood, patients under investigation and probable and confirmed cases should be managed in healthcare facilities using standard, contact, and airborne precautions. As information becomes available, these recommendations will be re-evaluated and updated as needed.
- Limit the number of healthcare workers exposed to the patient.
- Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations: MERS Co-V
Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for confirmed, probable or cases under investigation. Update, Case Definitions, and Guidance. Attention: Non-MDH link
Personal Protective Equipment
- Ensure adherence to Standard Precautions, plus Contact and Airborne Precautions (including eye protection and use of respiratory protection for all patient-care activities)
- To date, there is no known treatment available for MERS-CoV.