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MERS-CoV (Coronavirus) Portal

On May 2, 2014, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (or MERS) in the United States. The virus was found in a man who had traveled from Saudi Arabia to Indiana at the end of April. The following resources provide additional information – from a variety of national and international sources – on the current state of the disease.

Note to PubMed searchers: CORONAVIRUS and CORONAVIRUS INFECTIONS are the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) most often used to describe MERS articles. Many MERS articles are recent and not yet indexed, so search by keyword as well as by MeSH.

Twitter users may also choose to search for the following hastags (in order of use): #MERS, #MERSCoV, and #coronavirus.


   Disaster Lit Search for "MERS"
   MERS-CoV: Significant Potential for Public Health Emergency
   Updated Information on the Epidemiology of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Infection and Guidance for the Public, Clinicians, and Public Health Authorities, 2012–2013
   WHO Global Alert and Response: Coronavirus Infections

Latest Information & News

       CDC Travel Health Notices: MERS in the Arabian Peninsula
   CDC: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)
   MERS-CoV: Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus
   WHO Coronavirus Infections Updates