MERS-CoV: referral of samples for diagnostic testing

Explains how to send samples from suspected Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) cases for detection of MERS coronavirus (MERS-CoV).


Referral of samples for testing for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in England

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This document provides advice for health professionals on:

  • what samples to send to designated PHE testing laboratories or other testing laboratories
  • how to collect and send samples for primary diagnostic testing
  • Public Health notifications and laboratory reporting requirements
Published 17 April 2015
Last updated 30 June 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated document.
  2. Replaced with August 2016 publication.
  3. Change to reporting of negative results in algorithm.
  4. First published.