What is MERS CoV?
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is a viral respiratory illness. It is caused by a coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that may cause a range of illnesses in humans, from the common cold to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). However, MERS-CoV is not SARS.
It was first reported in 2012 in Saudi Arabia.
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty of breathing
- Other possible symptoms include diarrhea and kidney failure
- Wash your hands often with soap and water.
- Cover your nose and mouth with tissue paper when you cough or sneeze. Dispose used tissue paper immediately and properly.
- Avoid touching your face, especially the eye area, nose and mouth, with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with sick people
- Regularly clean frequently touched surfaces (e.g. door knobs, handles)
- Make sure children follow these precautions
www.doh.gov.ph: Health Advisory on Mers-CoV