Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 26 October and 1 November 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 7 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 1 death. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - November 13, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

SARS-Like Virus in Bats Could Jump to Humans
But, researchers don't know if virus could then spread from person-to-person Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Animal Diseases and Your Health, Coronavirus Infections (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - November 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Copper can help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses
Stephen FellerSOUTHAMPTON, England, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Coronavirus dies quickly when exposed to copper, unlike other surface materials such as glass, tile and stainless steel, where it can survive for days. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - November 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Using copper to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses
Copper can effectively help to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, which are linked to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), new research shows. Animal coronaviruses that 'host jump' to humans, such as SARS and MERS, result in severe infections with high mortality. Researchers found that a closely-related human coronavirus - 229E - can remain infectious on common surface materials for several days, but is rapidly destroyed on copper. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - November 10, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Coronavirus breakthrough by INRS researchers
(Institut national de la recherche scientifique - INRS) Quebec researchers have discovered that a mutation in a coronavirus protein slows the spread of the virus in the central nervous system and reduces its neurovirulence. It is the first time that this phenomenon has been observed in the coronavirus family, which is responsible for one-third of common colds and is also suspected of being associated with the development or aggravation of neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, and encephalitis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 10, 2015 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 17 and 24 October 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 12 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 1 death. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - October 29, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Towards a safe and efficient SARS-coronavirus vaccine: Mechanism and prevention of genetic instability of a live attenuated virus
(PLOS) Live attenuated (weakened) viral vaccines are considered safe so long as their 'reversal' to a virulent (or disease-causing) virus is prevented. A study published on Oct. 29 in PLOS Pathogens reports on how to rationally modify an effective live attenuated SARS vaccine to make it genetically stable. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 29, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Republic of Korea
On 12 October 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of the Republic of Korea provided follow-up information on a previously reported case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. The patient, who was discharged from hospital on 3 October following two consecutive negative PCR tests for MERS-CoV, was readmitted to hospital with fever on 11 October and tested again positive for MERS-CoV on 12 October. The patient, a 35-year-old male, developed symptoms on 11 October and visited a hospital. He was transferred to another hospital for isolation. The patient, who has comorbidities, tested positive for M...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - October 25, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 10 and 13 October 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 4 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. The four cases are from the same compound in Riyadh city. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - October 22, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

FDA and access to medical countermeasures during public health emergencies
By: Brooke Courtney, J.D., M.P.H. Just weeks after witnessing the fall of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, I was a student volunteer in a New York City hospital emergency department when several people arrived saying they had been exposed to anthrax. One had even brought a small plastic bag holding white powder. Around this time, the media was reporting on letters mailed that were laced with white powder confirmed to be Bacillus anthracis, which causes anthrax. At the hospital, we wondered whether we might become exposed to anthrax and how it could be prevented or treated. We quickly escorted the patients who had ...
Source: Mass Device - October 13, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: Blog FDA Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 27 September and 1 October 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 1 additional case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. A 38-year-old, non-national male from Riyadh city developed symptoms on 21 September and, on 28 September, was admitted to hospital. The patient, who has no comorbidities, tested positive for MERS-CoV on 30 September. Currently, he is in stable condition in a negative pressure isolation room on a ward. Investigation of history of exposure to the known risk factors in the 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms is ongoing...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - October 12, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Jordan
On 7 October 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of Jordan notified WHO of 1 additional case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). A 53-year-old male from Amman city developed symptoms on 26 September and sought health care at a hospital, where he was treated symptomatically and sent home. On 29 September, as symptoms worsened, the patient returned to the hospital, where he was admitted to an isolation room. The patient was discharged on 1 October. On the same day, as his conditions did not improve, he visited a second healthcare facility, where he was treated symptomatically and sent home. On 3 Octob...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - October 12, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Regional Committee continues discussions on strategic health priorities
7 October 2015 The 62nd session of the Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean continued its discussions yesterday in Kuwait on regional and global strategic health priorities. The day's sessions focused on implementation of the United Nations General Assembly Political Declaration on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases with a focus on tobacco use in the Region; global health security with a special emphasis on Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and avian influenza A(H5N1); implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005); and emergency preparedness and res...
Source: WHO EMRO News - October 6, 2015 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Jordan
Between 21 and 23 September 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of Jordan notified WHO of 4 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 1 death. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - October 1, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 20 and 26 September 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 6 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 1 death. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - September 30, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 12 and 18 September 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 13 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 1 death. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - September 27, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Kuwait
On 19 September 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of Kuwait notified WHO of 1 additional fatal case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. A 78-year-old male from Kuwait city developed symptoms on 8 September and, on 13 September, was admitted to hospital. The patient, who had comorbidities, tested positive for MERS-CoV on 14 September. The patient owned dromedary camels and had a history of frequent contact with them. He had no history of exposure to other known risk factors in the 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms. The patient passed away on 19 September. Contact tracing of household...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - September 23, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Jordan
Between 7 and 10 August 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of Jordan notified WHO of 5 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 2 deaths. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - September 18, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 6 and 11 September 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 22 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. Three (3) of these reported cases are associated with a MERS-CoV outbreak currently occurring in a hospital in Riyadh city. Five (5) of these reported cases are associated with another MERS-CoV outbreak occurring in a hospital in Madinah city. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - September 17, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Nigeria: Hajj - Saudi Bans Camel Slaughter Over MERS
[Daily Trust] Madinah, Saudi Arabia -The Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health has insisted that the ban on slaughtering camels during Hajj would remain in place, without exceptions, due to the danger posed by Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 11, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 1 and 5 September 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 25 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. Ten (10) of these reported cases are associated with a MERS-CoV outbreak currently occurring in a hospital in Riyadh city. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - September 9, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 26 and 31 August 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 22 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 3 deaths. Fifteen (15) of these reported cases are associated with a MERS-CoV outbreak currently occurring in a hospital in Riyadh city. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - September 8, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Jordan
Between 30 and 31 August 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of Jordan notified WHO of 2 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 1 death. Both cases are associated with a MERS-CoV outbreak currently occurring in a hospital in Amman city. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - September 6, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

WHO statement on the tenth meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee regarding MERS
The tenth meeting of the Emergency Committee (EC) convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR 2005) regarding the Middle East respiratory syndrome 1 was held by teleconference on 2 September 2015, from 1300 to 1620 Central European Summer Time (UTC +2). During the meeting the WHO Secretariat provided an update to the Committee on epidemiological and scientific developments, including recent cases and transmission patterns in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. The Secretariat also provided current risk assessments with regard to these events, a...
Source: WHO news - September 3, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, Republic of Korea [country], Western Pacific Region [region] Source Type: news

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 24 and 25 August 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 15 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 2 deaths. Eleven (11) of these reported cases are associated with a MERS-CoV outbreak currently occurring in a hospital in Riyadh city. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - September 2, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Jordan
Between 26 and 28 August 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of Jordan notified WHO of 4 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 1 death. All these cases are associated with a MERS-CoV outbreak currently occurring in a hospital in Amman city. Contact tracing of household contacts and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. The National IHR Focal Point of Jordan informed the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia about the index case to trace contacts in Saudi Arabia. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - September 1, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 22 and 23 August 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 13 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. Twelve (12) of these reported cases are associated with a MERS-CoV outbreak currently occurring in a hospital in Riyadh city. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - August 27, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 18 and 21 August 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 29 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 6 deaths. Twenty-four (24) of these reported cases are associated with a MERS-CoV outbreak currently occurring in a hospital in Riyadh city. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - August 26, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, headache [subject], headache, migraine, chronic headache, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, Disease outb Source Type: news

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 13 and 17 August 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 19 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 1 death. Fifteen (15) of these reported cases are associated with a MERS-CoV outbreak currently occurring in a hospital in Riyadh. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - August 21, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Vaccine for Mers 'looks promising'
A prototype vaccine against the lung infection MERS coronavirus shows promising results, scientists say. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 20, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Synthetic DNA?based MERS Vaccine Shows Promise
The experimental vaccine protects monkeys against the coronavirus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome and elicits an immune response in camels. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - August 19, 2015 Category: Science Tags: Daily News Source Type: news

MERS Outbreak Prompts Saudi Arabian Hospital To Close Emergency Ward
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi authorities closed an emergency ward in one of the kingdom's largest hospitals after at least 46 people, including hospital staff, contracted the potentially fatal Middle East respiratory syndrome, also known as MERS, a health official said Wednesday. Dr. Hanan Balkhi of the Health Ministry's department for infectious diseases said that of the 46 people infected at King Abdulaziz Medical City in the capital, Riyadh, 15 were medical staff. Another 20 people showing symptoms are being tested, she added. The patients from the ward, set to remain closed for two weeks, are being transferred to...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NIH scientists and colleagues successfully test MERS vaccine in monkeys and camels
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) NIH scientists and colleagues report that an experimental vaccine given six weeks before exposure to Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) fully protects rhesus macaques from disease. The vaccine also generated potentially protective MERS-CoV antibodies in blood drawn from vaccinated camels. MERS-CoV, which causes pneumonia deep in the lungs, emerged in 2012 and has sickened more than 1,400 people and killed 500, mostly in the Middle East and Asia. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 19, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Synthetic DNA vaccine against MERS induces immunity in animal study
(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) A novel synthetic DNA vaccine can, for the first time, induce protective immunity against the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus in animal species. The experimental, preventive vaccine, given six weeks before exposure to the MERS virus, was found to fully protect rhesus macaques from disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 19, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 10 and 12 August 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 12 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 1 death. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - August 18, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 3 and 9 August 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 17 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 3 deaths. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - August 12, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 28 and 29 July 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 2 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - August 6, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 16 and 25 July 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 8 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 1 death. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - July 29, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Experimental MERS vaccine shows promise in animal studies
A two-step regimen of experimental vaccines against MERS prompted immune responses in mice and rhesus macaques. Vaccinated mice produced broadly neutralizing antibodies against multiple strains of the MERS coronavirus, while vaccinated macaques were protected from severe lung damage when later exposed to MERS-CoV. The findings suggest that the current approach, in which vaccine design is guided by an understanding of structure of viral components and their interactions with host cells, holds promise for developing a similar human MERS vaccine regimen. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 28, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Experimental MERS vaccine shows promise in animal studies
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) A two-step regimen of experimental vaccines against MERS prompted immune responses in mice and rhesus macaques, report NIH scientists. Vaccinated mice produced broadly neutralizing antibodies against multiple strains of the MERS coronavirus, while vaccinated macaques were protected from severe lung damage when later exposed to MERS-CoV. The findings suggest that the current approach, in which vaccine design is guided by an understanding of structure of viral components and their interactions with host cells, holds promise for developing a similar human MERS vaccin...
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 28, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Possible path toward first anti-MERS drugs
If you haven't heard of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, thank geography, NGOs, and government agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization (WHO) for keeping the new disease in check. In camels, which act as a reservoir for the causative coronavirus, the illness causes a runny nose; in humans, it causes a cough, fever, and, in 36 percent of cases, death, according to the WHO. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 27, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 1 and 14 July 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 6 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - July 24, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Republic of Korea
Between 18 and 21 July 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of the Republic of Korea notified WHO of no additional cases of infection and no new deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). To date, a total of 186 MERS-CoV cases, including 36 deaths, have been reported. One of the 186 cases is the case that was confirmed in China and also notified by the National IHR Focal Point of China. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - July 21, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Republic of Korea
Between 15 and 17 July 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of the Republic of Korea notified WHO of no additional cases of infection and no new deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). To date, a total of 186 MERS-CoV cases, including 36 deaths, have been reported. One of the 186 cases is the case that was confirmed in China and also notified by the National IHR Focal Point of China. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - July 17, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Scientific curiosity and preparedness for emerging pathogen outbreaks
An essay reflects on a career path that started with the study of a somewhat obscure mouse virus mice and ended up at the frontline of the SARS and MERS coronavirus epidemics. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 14, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Republic of Korea
Between 11 and 14 July 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of the Republic of Korea notified WHO of 1 additional death related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) but no new cases of infection. To date, a total of 186 MERS-CoV cases, including 36 deaths, have been reported. One of the 186 cases is the case that was confirmed in China and also notified by the National IHR Focal Point of China. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - July 14, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Scientific curiosity and preparedness for emerging pathogen outbreaks
(PLOS) An essay published on July 14 in PLOS Pathogens' new 'Research Matters' series reflects on a career path that started with the study of a somewhat obscure mouse virus mice and ended up at the frontline of the SARS and MERS coronavirus epidemics. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 14, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Thailand (update)
On 18 June 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of Thailand notified WHO of the country’s first confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) (see DON published on 20 June 2015). The case, a 75-year-old male who travelled from Oman to Thailand, has now been discharged from hospital, having recovered clinically and after repeat laboratory testing showed no evidence of residual infection. A period of 14 days has now also passed for all the individuals who were considered to be contacts of the case, with all those identified showing no sign of infection with MERS CoV. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - July 10, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Republic of Korea
Between 8 and 10 July 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of the Republic of Korea notified WHO of 2 additional deaths but no new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). To date, a total of 186 MERS-CoV cases, including 35 deaths, have been reported. One of the 186 cases is the case that was confirmed in China and also notified by the National IHR Focal Point of China. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - July 10, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – The Philippines (update)
On 6 July 2015, the IHR National Focal Point of the Philippines notified WHO of 1 laboratory-confirmed case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). The Philippines Department of Health confirms that a non-national, 36-year-old male who developed symptoms of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) on 30 June 2015 and had a laboratory confirmed positive result for the virus on 4 July 2015 will be discharged from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Manila today. His discharge follows two negative tests, 48 hours apart, which demonstrate that he is no longer infectious. He is now recoveri...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - July 10, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news