Preventing virus transmission during the Middle East Respiratory Coronavirus Virus (MERS-CoV) outbreak

Added March 30, 2020

Citation: Baharoon S, Memish ZA. MERS-CoV as an emerging respiratory illness: A review of prevention methods. Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease 2019; 32: 101520

What is this? Interventions that were used to prevent the transmission of Middle East Respiratory Coronavirus Virus (MERS-CoV) may help to inform similar strategies for COVID-19.

In this narrative review, the authors searched for studies of prevention or infection control for MERS-CoV. The review was submitted for publication in October 2019 but it is unclear when the authors did their search or whether they restricted it in any way. They did not report the number of included studies.

What was found: The main factors leading to transmission of MERS-CoV infection in high risk areas relate to healthcare facilities, with problems mainly arising due to lapses in infection control processes.

Early identification and isolation of infected patients can prevented transmission in healthcare facilities and the community.

What’s uncertain: Nothing noted.


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