Guidance

MERS-CoV and avian influenza: primary care

An algorithm, to assess and manage returning travellers and visitors from countries affected by Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) or avian influenza A, in primary care.

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Primary care algorithm for the initial management and assessment of possible cases of MERS-CoV or avian influenza A

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The incubation period is currently considered to be up to 14 days. Any respiratory illness occurring in the 14 days following last contact with a confirmed case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is considered relevant.

Close contacts should self-isolate and alert their GP as soon as possible – where the close contacts are healthcare workers this should be their manager/ occupational health service. Symptoms would include fever, cough, or any other respiratory symptoms.