WHO: Assessment of potential risk factors of infection of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) among health care personnel in a health care setting

Comprehensive investigations of health care personnel (HCP) who may have been exposed to patients infected with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), diagnosed either prospectively or retrospectively, are essential to understand the risk factors of infection within health care facilities. The risk factors identified from such investigations may provide insights into the potential modes of transmission to inform guidance and policy in infection control in health care facilities, and in directing national and international public health response.  {World Health Organization, 27 Jan}

Disease outbreak news - WHO has been notified of two additional laboratory-confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). WHO was notified of one case by the Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia. The case is a 54 year old man from Riyadh who developed respiratory illness symptoms on 29 December... WHO was notified of one case by the Ministry of Health of Jordan on 23 January, 2014. The case is a 48 year old man who became ill on 31 December, 2013... Globally, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 180 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 77 deaths.  {World Health Organization, 27 Jan}




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