Human coronaviruses were first identified in the mid 1960s and are named for the crown-like projections on the surface of the virus. They are a group of viruses that cause respiratory infections in humans and animals.
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is the recommended name for what was previously called novel coronavirus. For relevant information by profession, please see the subheadings on the left.
28 May 2014:Primary care algorithm for the initial management and assessment of possible cases of MERS-CoV or Avian Influenza (PDF, 203 KB) This algorithm has been developed for the assessment and initial management in primary care of returning travellers and visitors from countries affected by Mddle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Avian Influenza presenting with a febrile respiratory illness