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MERS-CoV: epidemiological protocols to assess cases and their close contacts in the UK

Epidemiological protocols to assess early Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) cases and their close contacts in the UK.

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The epidemiological and virological investigation of the first cases of acute respiratory infection associated with Middle East respiratory coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and their close contacts is essential in order to inform guidance and policy in directing the United Kingdom’s public health response.

The epidemiological methods to guide data collection for the comprehensive assessment of the “first few hundred cases and their close contacts” are set out in this document. The protocol outlines the investigation of persons with laboratory confirmed MERS-CoV infection, along with their close contacts.