Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Infection (MERS-CoV Infection)

  • Medical Author:

    Sandra Gonzalez Gompf, MD, FACP is a U.S. board-certified Infectious Disease subspecialist. Dr. Gompf received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Miami, and a Medical Degree from the University of South Florida. Dr. Gompf completed residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of South Florida followed by subspecialty fellowship training there in Infectious Diseases under the directorship of Dr. John T. Sinnott, IV.

  • Medical Author: Lily N. Jones, DO
  • Medical Editor: Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.

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Is there a vaccine for MERS-CoV?

Development of a vaccine remains in clinical trial stages. No vaccine is commercially available at the time of writing.

Where can people get more information about MERS-CoV?

Information on MERS-CoV may be obtained from the CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/
or the World Health Organization at http://www.who.int/csr/disease/

Medically reviewed by Robert Cox, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Infectious Disease


Switzerland. World Health Organization. "Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV): Summary of Current Situation, Literature Update and Risk Assessment -- as of 5 February 2015.” Feb. 5, 2015. <http://www.who.int/csr/disease/coronavirus_infections/

Switzerland. World Health Organization. "Update on MERS-CoV Transmission From Animals to Humans, and Interim Recommendations for At-Risk Groups." June 13, 2014. <http://www.who.int/csr/disease/coronavirus_infections/MERS_CoV_RA_20140613.pdf?ua=1>.

United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)." July 22, 2013. <http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/mers/faq.html>.

United States. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. "Emergency Preparedness and Response." Sept. 26, 2013. <http://www.fda.gov/EmergencyPreparedness/Counterterrorism/ucm182568.htm>.

United States. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. "Novel Coronavirus 2012 Real-Time RT-PCR Assay." June 3, 2013. <http://www.fda.gov/downloads/MedicalDevices/Safety/EmergencySituations/UCM355572.pdf>.

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