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Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV): Information and Guidance for Clinicians

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Date:Thursday, June 13, 2013

Time:2:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)


Susan Gerber, MD
Medical Epidemiologist
Division of Viral Diseases
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Alexander Kallen, MD, MPH
Medical Officer
Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is a newly identified virus that can cause severe acute respiratory illness and death. MERS cases have been linked to the Middle East, and there is documented spread of the virus internationally. So far, no cases of MERS have been reported in the United States. However, clinicians need to remain vigilant. Epidemiologic investigations have demonstrated that this unique virus spreads from person to person during close contact, such as within families and healthcare facilities. Clinicians have a critical role in recognizing and managing suspect cases of MERS. During this COCA call, a CDC subject matter expert will discuss the clinical signs, epidemiology and infection control recommendations for MERS-CoV.

CDC Medscape Commentary

Still Image from Video. Be on the Alert for This Novel Coronavirus


At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to accomplish the following:

  • Describe the key components in the surveillance case definition for a patient under investigation for MERS-CoV infection
  • Identify specimens to be obtained and the appropriate laboratory test to diagnose a patient with MERS-CoV infection
  • List infection control measures appropriate for control of MERS-CoV

Call Materials

Additional Resources



Call Format

  • Live audio conference call on 6/13/13: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
  • Audio-on-demand training after 3:00 PM on 6/13/13
  • Materials: PowerPoint slide set

Additional Call Information

Continuing Education

Target Audience

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Veterinarians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Health Educators
  • Other Clinicians


Additional Information

  • Contact
  • Support/Funding:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emergency Risk Communications Branch
  • Method of Participation:You may participate in the educational activity by viewing the program information above.
  • Fees:COCA continuing education credits are free.