Epidemiological update: Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) - 17 May 2013

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The Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) recommends that Member States strengthen surveillance activities to detect any unusual health event, including those that might be associated with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Member States are reminded of the importance of strict compliance with infection control procedures to minimize the occurrence of infections in health care settings, including those related to MERS-CoV.

Clinicians should also be on alert for the possible occurrence of infections caused by MERS-CoV, and be aware of the guidelines to investigate and manage suspected cases. In particular, clinical staff should have access to up to date information on the procedures for clinical management of cases with infections caused by MERS-CoV.

PAHO/WHO does not advise health screening at points of entry in relation to this event, nor that any international travel or trade restrictions be applied.