Guidance

MERS-CoV: public health investigation and management of close contacts of confirmed cases

An algorithm on the public health investigation and management of close contacts of MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus).

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Public health investigation and management of close contacts of confirmed cases of MERS-CoV algorithm

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The incubation period for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) 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 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 or occupational health service. Symptoms would include fever, cough, or any other respiratory symptoms.