MERS-CoV Infection: Interim Guidance for Health Professionals
Atlanta, GA - Healthcare professionals should evaluate for MERS-CoV infection, patients in the U.S. who meet the following criteria:
Patients with lower respiratory illness should also be evaluated for common causes of community-acquired pneumonia, guided by clinical presentation and epidemiologic and surveillance information. For these patients, testing for MERS-CoV and other respiratory pathogens can be done simultaneously. Positive results for another respiratory pathogen (e.g., influenza) should not necessarily preclude testing for MERS-CoV because co-infection can occur.
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