What is MERS Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)?
---Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a ciral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus called "Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronovirus" (MERS-CoV)
---The earliest MERS-CoV was first reported in April 2012 in Saudi Arabia
---It is not the same virus that causes the Severe Respiratory Syndromes (SARS). However, like the SARS virus, MERS-CoV is most similar to coronavirus found in bats.
---Recent studies have shown that MERS-CoV was detected in camels and one infected camel case had been linked to human case. The route of infection remains unknown.
Where are MERS-CoV infections occuring?
---Twelve countries have now reported cases of human infection of MERS-CoV. Most of the cases are coming from the Middle East.
What are its Signs and Symptoms?
---Acute, serious repiratory illness with fever, cough, shortness of breath, and difficuty in breathing. Some may present with gastrointestinal symptoms, including diarrhea and some with kidney failure.
---People with immune defeciencies may have an atypical presentation. noypistuff
---Asymptomatic illness has been reported.
How To Prevent Mers-CoV?
---Observe proper handwashing
---Cover Nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing using handkerchief and tissue.
--- MERS-CoV has been shown to spread between people who are n close contact.
---Transmission from infected patients to healthcare personnel has also been observed
---Clusters have been observed in healthcare facilities, among family members and between co-workers. It is important that healthcare workers apply standard precautions consistently with all patients, regardless of their diagnosis, in all work practices all the time.
Is there a travel ban to countries in the Arabian Peninsula or neighboring countries where MERS cases have occured?
---The World Health Organization has not issued travel health warnings for any country with reported Mers-CoV cases.
What to do if one resides in any of affected countries or one has recently traveled to countries in the Arabian Peninsula or neighboring countries and got sick?
---If you develop a fever and symptoms of lower respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath after a known exposure within 14 days to a seriously sick patient with compatible signs and symptoms, or within 14 days after traveling from the said countries, you should see your healthcare provider and mention your recent exposure or travel.
Are there available treatments for MERS Coronavirus?
---There are no specific treatments for illness caused by MERS-CoV.
---Medical care is supportive and to help relieve symptoms.
Is there a laboratory test for this disease?
---Yes, a laboratory test called polymerasechain reactin or PCR is available in affected countries and in the Philippines through the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine. FULL STORY...