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Special Report: MERS-CoV and the Risk to Healthcare Workers

May 14, 2014

MERS: A Risk to Healthcare Workers

MERS Cases Highlight Risk to Healthcare Workers
Roughly 1 in 5 people worldwide with MERS have been healthcare workers, underlining the need for tight infection control, the CDC says.

Twenty Florida Healthcare Workers Tested for MERS Virus
Two of the 20 healthcare workers in Orlando, Florida, who were exposed to a patient with MERS, have already gotten sick.

All Workers Test Negative for MERS at Indiana Hospital
All workers at the Indiana hospital where the first U.S. case of the often deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome was confirmed last week have tested negative for the virus.

Clinical Guidance for Professionals

MERS-CoV: The Bottom Line for Clinicians
Have questions on MERS-CoV? Here is a quick summary of the latest guidance, directly from the CDC and the WHO.

Update on Recent Cases and Investigations

Second MERS Case Reported in United States
The Florida Department of Health confirmed the MERS case today. The first person diagnosed with the deadly coronavirus was discharged from an Indiana hospital May 9.

First U.S. MERS Patient Improving, Gets Ready for Discharge
The first U.S. patient to test positive for the often deadly MERS virus is off supplemental oxygen and walking around his hospital room in Munster, Indiana, as health officials begin planning the man's release.

Specter of SARS Weighs on CDC as MERS Virus Lands in U.S.
When the SARS outbreak arrived in Toronto in 2003, the disease quickly spread to hospital workers and patients in area hospitals, ultimately infecting 257 individuals and killing 33 people.

European Team Finds No Evidence of Viral Change in MERS-CoV
A large number of secondary cases and the increased identification of asymptomatic patients are contributing to the 'dramatic' spike seen in Saudi Arabia this year.

Scientists Find MERS Virus Antibodies That May Lead to Treatments
Scientists have found natural human antibodies to the newly-emerging Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus and say their discovery marks a step towards developing treatments for the often fatal disease.

Editor's Note

The 2 cases of confirmed MERS-CoV recently reported as the first in the United States were both identified in healthcare workers returning from work in Saudi Arabia. Worldwide, the CDC reports that healthcare workers comprise 1 in 5 cases. Learn the latest information and how to protect yourself and your patients.
- Susan Yox, Editorial Director, Medscape Infectious Diseases

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