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.
04 November 2013: MERS-CoV conference summary, July 2013 now available
04 November 2013: Algorithm for public health investigation and management of possible cases of severe acute respiratory illness associated with a novel coronavirus (PDF, 430 KB) This algorithm has recently been updated.
04 November 2013: Algorithm for public health investigation and management of close contacts of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (PDF, 320 KB) This algorithm has recently been updated.