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CDC Tells Clinicians to Be on Alert for MERS-CoV in People Returning from Middle East — Physician’s First Watch

Medical News |
May 5, 2014

CDC Tells Clinicians to Be on Alert for MERS-CoV in People Returning from Middle East

By Kelly Young

The CDC recommends that clinicians increase their level of suspicion for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in patients presenting with respiratory illness who recently traveled to the Arabian Peninsula or surrounding nations. This follows the first U.S. case of MERS-CoV, identified in Indiana on Friday. The Indiana State Department of Health says there have been no new cases.

The CDC recommends that clinicians monitor anyone with fever over 100 degrees F and respiratory illness who was also a close or probable contact with a confirmed MERS-CoV case or a patient under investigation for MERS-CoV. If a person develops these symptoms within 14 days of contact, they should be tested. The agency reminds clinicians to follow standard, contact, and airborne precautions when treating potential MERS-CoV patients.

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