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24 April 2015
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome  

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome

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.

There is still uncertainty about the mode of transmission at the moment. People may be infected upon exposure to animals (such as camel), environment or other confirmed patients (such as in a hospital setting). The incubation period is up to 14 days.

There is currently no specific treatment for the disease; treatment is supportive. To prevent infection by MERS, it is important to observe personal and environmental hygiene.

For details, please refer to the factsheet of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.



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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.

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