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CDC Warns U.S. Doctors to be on the Outlook for MERS

UPDATE: Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

On June 11, 2015, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released the following guidance related to hospitalized patients with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). This guidance supercedes the July 2014 CDC guidance and is in response to the most recent outbreak of the virus in South Korea.

Read CDC's Updated Guidance

As an important reminder, physicians must adhere to reporting requirements for MERS and similar conditions, such as the Coronavirus. Under Illinois statute, physicians must report communicable diseases when diagnosed.  

Illinois Legal Reporting Requirements

  • Health care providers and facilities: immediately (within 3 hours) notify local health departments
  • Laboratories: immediately (within 3 hours) notify local health jurisdiction; specimen submission required (contact your local health department before submitting specimens)
  • Local health jurisdictions: immediately (within 3 hours) notify the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)

ISMS compiled the following resources on MERS and similar Coronaviruses to assist our members and patients:    

IDPH MERS-CoV Information for Physicians/Public Health

IDPH MERS Hotline: 844-565-0256

MERS Background

Illinois County Health Departments



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