MERS coronavirus is a disease caused by a 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.
- Information for Travellers to the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia
- Fact Sheet for consumers/patients
- Information for GPs on MERS coronavirus
- Information for clinical, laboratory and public health personnel on MERS coronavirus
- CDNA National Guidelines for Public Health Units – MERS coronavirus
- Countries with confirmed MERS cases
The latest World Health Organization (WHO) MERS situation updates are available on the WHO website.
The Department has made available the following infection prevention and control documents on MERS coronavirus:
- Interim infection prevention and control advice for acute care hospitals relating to suspected Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infections - PDF 488 KB
- Interim infection prevention and control advice for acute care hospitals relating to suspected Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infections - Word 33 KB
- Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Infection Prevention and Control Flow Chart for Acute Care Hospitals (PDF 181 KB)