Emergencies preparedness, response

Management of asymptomatic persons who are RTPCR positive for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

Interim Guidance


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Editors: WHO
Publication date: Updated 3 January 2018
Languages: English


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The clinical spectrum of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection ranges from asymptomatic infection to severe pneumonia with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and other lifethreatening complications. This document provides a standardized approach for public health authorities and investigators at all levels to plan for and conduct investigations around confirmed and probable cases of MERS-CoV infection. It should be read in conjunction with other detailed guidance referenced throughout the text, such as current laboratory testing guidelines and study protocols. It will be updated as necessary to reflect increased understanding of MERS-CoV transmission and control.

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