Factors that increase your chance of MERS include:
Having close contact with someone who has MERS or who has been exposed to MERS
Caring for patients who have MERS or handling their lab specimens
Exposure to camels that may have MERS
Recent travel to countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula: Bahrain, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestinian territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen
Symptoms may include:
Fever with or without chills
Cough and/or sore throat
Nausea and vomiting
You will be asked about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. Talk to your doctor about any recent travel to countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula, especially if the travel occurred within the past 14 days. Tell your doctor if you have had contact with someone who is ill and who has recently traveled to countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula.
Your bodily fluids may be tested to confirm the source of the infection. This can be done with:
Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/mers/about/index.html. Updated July 13, 2016. Accessed August 14, 2017.
Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/CORONAVIRUS/MERS/. Updated July 13, 2016. Accessed August 14, 2017.
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)—update. World Health Organization website. Available at: http://www.who.int/csr/don/2014_07_04_mers/en. Updated July 4, 2014. Accessed August 14, 2017.
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