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MERS-COV

  1. Epidemiology

    New strain of coronavirus was identified in a cluster of pneumonia cases in China.

    Most of the cases have had exposure to a large seafood and animal market.

     

    Mode of transmission

    The mode of transmission are currently unknown. Available information suggests that the 2019-nCoV is zoonotic and causes infections in humans through contact with infected animals. Evidence indicates that the virus is transmitted between humans.

     

    Symptoms

    • Fever
    • Shortness of breath
    • Pneumonia
     

    Treatment

    Currently, there is no treatment or vaccine available for either people or animals. Intensive supportive care with the treatment of symptoms is the main approach to manage the infection in people.

     

    If symptoms of a respiratory infection appear, you should:

    1. Stay at home and avoid mixing with others.
    2. Request health care, by contacting the health service by phone and provide them with travel history.
    3. Do not travelling while having symptoms.
    4. Cover the mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
    5. Clean hands by washing them for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or with alcohol sterilizers.
     

    Tips for travelers heading to areas where the 2019nCoV wad reported:

    • Avoid contact with animals (live or dead), animal products or visiting animal markets.
    • Avoid contract with people with respiratory symptoms.
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