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Information for clinicians

Risk assessment, May 2014

PHE Risk Assessment - Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) (PDF, 153 KB)

Case definitions & algorithms

The incubation period is currently considered to be up to 14 days. Any respiratory illness occurring in the 14 days following last contact with a confirmed case of MERS-CoV is considered relevant.

Close contacts should self- isolate and alert their GP as soon as possible – where the close contacts are healthcare workers this should be there manager/ occupational health service. Symptoms would include fever, cough, or any other respiratory symptoms.

Infection control

See the public health investigation and management page

Latest FFP3 documents, May 2014, under 'Infection control'

Laboratory testing guidance

See the Information for microbiologists and virologists webpage.

Treatment and followup

The epidemiological and virological investigation of the first cases of acute respiratory infection associated with Middle East respiratory coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and their close contacts is essential in order to inform guidance and policy in directing the United Kingdom’s (UK) public health response.

The epidemiological methods to guide data collection for the comprehensive assessment of the “first few hundred cases and their close contacts” are set out in this document. The protocol outlines the investigation of persons with laboratory confirmed MERS-CoV infection, along with their close contacts.

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

Imported fever service

A  specialist service for medical professionals, to help diagnose acute fevers due to travel-related infections. Clinicians can access to this service through local infection consultants (consultant microbiologists, virologists and infectious disease physicians). See the imported fever service page .