Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

The World Health Organization (WHO) first reported cases of a novel coronavirus, now referred to as Middle East Respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus on 23 September 2012.

Page last updated: 18 December 2014

MERS coronavirus is a disease caused by a new virus that can cause a rapid onset of severe respiratory disease in people. Most severe cases have occurred in people with underlying conditions that may make them more likely to get respiratory infections.

All cases have lived in or travelled to the Middle East, or have had close contact with people who acquired the infection in the Middle East. There have been no cases in Australia.

The Department has made the following information resources available for a range of audiences.

The Department issues a fortnightly situation update on MERS coronavirus based on information from the WHO and other published sources. The latest situation update is available below.

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