Saturday, June 29, 2013

WHO Update: Interim surveillance recommendations for human infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus

[This update is also located on the right side-bar under "Coronavirus MERS CoV".

June 27, 2013
WHO is updating its guidance for surveillance for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERSCoV)thatwere first published in late 2012. WHO will continue to update these recommendations as new information becomes available.
This document summarizesWHOrecommendations, and is not a comprehensive summary of current case reports, which are found on WHO’s novel coronavirus page

It is important to note that these WHO recommendations need to be implemented in different countries with varying resources and epidemiological patterns.

Two key changes in this 27 June 2013 update
• Stronger recommendations for lower respiratory specimens, rather than nasopharyngeal swabs, to be used to diagnose MERS-CoV infection.
• A longer period of observation for contacts of cases; this is based on accumulating information about the incubation period.

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