Guidance

MERS-CoV: clinical diagnostic laboratory specimen handling and processing

Interim guidance for staff in England, who handle samples from patients with suspected or laboratory-confirmed MERS-CoV infection.

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Interim guidance: handling and processing of specimens associated with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in clinical diagnostic laboratories

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Knowledge about the pathogenic potential and transmission risks for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is incomplete and continues to evolve. This interim guidance is based on current knowledge and aims to minimise risks for laboratory staff handling specimens from patients with suspected or laboratory-confirmed MERS-CoV infection.

This guidance is specific to clinical diagnostic laboratory practice in England and may differ from guidance produced by agencies in other countries, including recommendations about biosafety levels.