Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that includes viruses that may cause a range of illnesses in humans, from the common cold to SARS. Viruses of this family also cause a number of animal diseases.
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
This particular strain of coronavirus has not been previously identified in humans. There is very limited information on transmission, severity and clinical impact with only a small number of cases reported thus far.
State of Knowledge and Data Gaps of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Humans
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus Joint Kingdom of Saudi Arabia/WHO mission
Riyadh, 4-9 June 2013
Technical guidance - laboratory
Technical guidance - infection prevention and control
Interim guidance for infection prevention and control during health care for probable or confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection
Rapid advice note on home care for patients with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection presenting with mild symptoms and management of contacts