What needs to be done to control the spread of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus?

Michael Edelstein, David L. Heymann

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Up to November 2014, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has infected 935 individuals and killed 371, all originating in or with links to the Middle East. The mechanisms of transmission of the disease are not fully understood, but MERS-CoV seems to sustain itself in the human population through repeated re-introduction from a camel reservoir and is able to cause nosocomial outbreaks. The risk of a global spread of MERS-CoV is low. Epidemiological, serological and phylogenetic research, combined with one health surveillance, dynamic case definitions, active case finding, rigorous infection control, culturally sensitive risk communication and a continuous re-evaluation of new evidence will enable to better understand the disease, limit its spread and quantify its risk in order to better prepare for a hypothetical spread.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)497-505
Number of pages9
JournalFuture Virology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 May 2015
Externally publishedYes

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  • coronavirus
  • disease outbreak
  • emergency preparedness
  • surveillance


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