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CDC publishes MERS control checklists for health care workers

Atlanta – To help protect health care providers and facilities from the dangers of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed checklists for infection control actions.

MERS is an emerging viral respiratory illness. Emanating from the Arabian Peninsula, it has spread to other parts of the globe, including the United States, due to international travelers.

CDC’s checklists consist of actions that providers and facilities can take immediately to help prepare for a possible MERS infection. Actions include ensuring personal protective equipment for all health care personnel, having contingency plans in case PPE demand exceeds supply, remaining alert for patients who may have MERS and reviewing surge capacity procedure plans.

CDC also provides interim infection prevention and control recommendations for facilities with MERS patients.