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MERS-CoV: public health investigation and management of possible cases

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

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Public health investigation and management of possible 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.

Published 14 July 2014
Last updated 30 June 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated version (v29) of case algorithm.
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  4. Updated version (v24) of case algorithm.
  5. Updated algorithm.
  6. First published.