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UPDATE: Tracking the News: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

MERS-CoV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus) is back in the U.S. news because one case has been identified in Indiana in a traveler recently returned from Saudi Arabia. A year ago this month, we sent out our first message on MERS-CoV. Here is an update of key resources for finding MERS-CoV news and background materials.

LATEST INFO & NEWS

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) comprehensive home page on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS): http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/mers/index.html. Scroll down for “Updates.”

CDC Travel Health Notices: MERS in the Arabian Peninsula: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/watch/coronavirus-arabian-peninsula?s_cid=bb-th-twitter-001

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), University of Minnesota: http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/infectious-disease-topics/mers-cov

HealthMap http://healthmap.org/en/. Click on  “___ alerts for Alerts from past week,” select “Search” tab, click “Diseases,” click “Choose diseases” and scroll to “MERS.” You can also sign up for email alerts.

ProMED-mail (from the International Society for Infectious Diseases) is posting frequent updates: http://www.promedmail.org/

WHO Coronavirus Infections updates: http://www.who.int/csr/don/archive/disease/coronavirus_infections/en/

Twitter: The most commonly used (in order of use) hashtags are #MERS, #MERSCoV, and #coronavirus

Twitter accounts to follow: @WHO, @CDCgov, @CDCtravel, @ECDC_EU, @PHE_uk, @healthmap

BACKGROUND

WHO home page on Coronavirus Infections: http://www.who.int/csr/disease/coronavirus_infections/en/.

In CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Sept 27, 2013: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm62e0607a1.htm. This is the most recent MMWR article.

CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) offers slides, webcast, audio and transcript of this June 13, 2013 presentation: http://emergency.cdc.gov/coca/calls/2013/callinfo_061313.asp

MERS-CoV: Significant Potential for Public Health Emergency

This May 2013 document remains in effect. HHS Secretary determined that “there is a significant potential for a public healt­­­­h emergency that has a significant potential to affect national security or the health and security of United States citizens living abroad and that involves Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).” This determination allows the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin use of in-vitro diagnostics for detection of MERS-CoV: http://www.phe.gov/emergency/news/healthactions/phe/Pages/MERS-CoV.aspx

To learn more about FDA’s Emergency Use Authorizations, see: http://www.fda.gov/newsevents/publichealthfocus/ucm153297.htm

WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean home page on Surveillance, Forecasting and Response: Outbreaks: http://www.emro.who.int/surveillance-forecasting-response/outbreaks/outbreaks.html

WHO Regional Office for Europe home page on Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV): http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/communicable-diseases/influenza/middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-coronavirus-mers-cov

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control home page on Coronavirus Infections, with a link to “News and epidemiological updates”: http://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/healthtopics/coronavirus-infections/Pages/index.aspx

Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health includes more than 50 documents: http://disasterlit.nlm.nih.gov/search/?searchTerms=mers+&search=Search

Note to PubMed searchers: CORONAVIRUS and CORONAVIRUS INFECTIONS are the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) most often used to describe MERS-CoV articles. Many MERS-CoV articles are recent and not yet indexed, so search by textwords as well as by MeSH.

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