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Information for clinicians


Case definitions

Please refer to the following algorithms for case definitions:

Further information is available from the Public health investigation and management webpage.

Infection control

Please refer to the following link for infection control:

In light of the seriousness of the illness caused by MERS-CoV, it is recommended that possible or confirmed cases should be managed in strict respiratory isolation and that all staff caring for these cases must wear full personal protective equipment (PPE) - FFP3 respirator (staff should be fit tested, see the Department of Health advice: Respirator fit testing leaflet and posters [external link]), goggles, gown and gloves. Anyone who was in close contact with a confirmed case of MERS-CoV while the patient was ill should be followed up - this includes healthcare workers who provided direct clinical or personal care or examination of a case and were not wearing PPE while the patient was symptomatic. Healthcare workers with health concerns or queries should contact their occupational health department.

Laboratory testing guidance

Please refer to the following links for testing guidance:

Further information is available from the Information for microbiologists and virologists webpage.

Follow up

Please refer to the following link for advice on treatment of MERS-CoV:

Please refer to the following link for advice on follow up of cases:

Further information is available from the Public health investigation and management webpage.

Imported fever service

The imported fever service is a specialist service for medical professionals for the diagnosis of acute fevers due to travel-related infections. Access to this service is available through local infection consultants (consultant microbiologists, virologists and infectious disease physicians). See the webpage for further information.