Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is a coronavirus, a family of viruses that can cause a range of mild to severe respiratory illness. MERS-CoV is usually transmitted from camels to humans. Person-to-person transmission has occurred only with close contact, usually in hospital settings. Cases have mostly been reported from countries in the Middle East, most in Saudi Arabia. Currently there is no vaccine or specific treatment for this virus.
PHO Rounds: Tuberculosis Contact Investigation: Principles and practice
This PHO Rounds will review the principles of TB contact investigation, including transmission risk assessment, prioritizing follow-up based on the source case’s likely infectiousness, the nature of the exposure(s), and factors that increase immunologic vulnerability of exposed individuals to TB disease.