Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) is a lethal pulmonary disease caused by a newly emerged coronavirus. The virus is transmitted to humans from dromedary (one-humped) camels and is not fully understood. It is believed to have originated in bats before it was transmitted to camels. Since human contact with bats is limited, evidence (serological and molecular) suggests that camels are the likely animal reservoir for MERS and the primary zoonotic source for human infection. MERS coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012. As of February 2016, there have been 1,638 lab confirmed cases of MERS with 587 deaths. The virus has been found in 26 countries.
The goal of this Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) program is to provide nurses, lab professionals, nurse practitioners and physicians with the information needed for the prompt identification and isolation of suspected MERS-CoV-infected patients to prevent the spread of infection in healthcare facilities. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Explain MERS-CoV infections and how they are transmitted to humans
- Describe symptoms, complications and diagnosis of the virus
- Provide recommendations for preventing the transmission of the virus in hospitals
- Discuss how the members of the interprofessional healthcare team can stem the spread of MERS in the acute care setting both individually and collectively
Level of Instruction: Basic
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, lab professionals, nurse practitioners and physicians.
Lab professionals: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
OnCourse Learning is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) Professional Acknowledgment for Continuing Education (P.A.C.E.®) Program (provider #249).
249-747-17 "Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS): A More Deadly Human Coronavirus Emerges" is approved 1/16/2017 to 1/31/2019.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel (provider # 50-1489).
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