MERS-CoV, novel virus, stands for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome – Corona Virus.
It is believed the virus is transmitted from bats, to camels then to humans, but the exact mechanism is unclear.
The disease seems to have originated in and was most robust in Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Peninsula and has a high mortality rate. The majority of cases are secondary cases, which means they are cases that were contracted from another individual.
As you know, students traveling to and from the Middle East and other countries are already at risk for experiencing health problems related to changes in food, water, and climate. In addition, they may also get exposed to and thus possibly transmit serious communicable diseases, such as MERS-CoV. While there hasn't been any new cases since May 2014, and only two cases were confirmed in the United States, there is still a need to be informed and prepared should a case present itself. And as with most communicable health concerns, prevention from further spread is key to eradication.
Below are links to additional information. The information is intended to help educate students and individuals who may travel to or from the countries at highest risk for potential exposure.
If you have traveled to or from the Arabian Peninsula within the past 14 days or have been in close contact with someone who has and you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, please consult with your doctor or call the Birkam Health Center for more information.
Disclaimer: This material is provided for informational purposes only. It does not constitute medical advice and is not intended to replace professional care. Please consult your health care provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition.