The Alert Response Level under the Government's Preparedness Plan for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is activated
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), formerly known as novel coronavirus (NCoV), is a coronavirus which has not been identified in humans before and is different from any coronaviruses (including SARS-coronavirus) that have been found in humans or animals.
For details, please refer to the factsheet of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.
Affected areas of MERS
The affected areas of MERS include the Arabian Peninsula and its neighboring countries (i.e., areas/countries bounded by Iran, Turkey and Egypt, including Iran but not Turkey and Egypt). So far, over 97% of the confirmed cases were reported by Middle East countries. For the remaining cases, they either acquired the infection in the Middle East during travel or work, or through close contact with another patient who acquired the infection in Middle East. Hence, all cases were directly or indirectly related to the Middle East currently. People travelling to the Middle East must take precautions.
Important Notice: As the situation is dynamic and subject to new discoveries and changes, the Centre for Health Protection is liaising with the World Health Organization for updated information. The Centre will closely monitor the global situation, conduct epidemiological assessment, and update the information accordingly.