Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS): A More Deadly Human Coronavirus Emerges - 384-747-19

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS): A More Deadly Human Coronavirus Emerges

by Catherine J. Swift, MT(ASCP) and Barbara Barzoloski-O'Connor, MSN, RN, CIC, NHDP - BC
(4.8 / 26 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Laboratory (1.00 Contact Hr)

Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00


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 October 2018, there have been 2,266 lab confirmed cases of MERS with 804 deaths. The virus has been found in 27 countries.


The goal of this course 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, you will be able to:
  • Explain MERS-CoV infections and how they are transmitted to humans.
  • Describe symptoms, complications, and diagnosis of patients with MERS-CoV infections.
  • Provide recommendations for preventing the transmission of MERS-CoV in hospitals.
  • Discuss how members of the interprofessional healthcare team can stem the spread of MERS-CoV in the acute care setting, both individually and collectively.
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Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, lab professionals, and physicians.
Lab professionals: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at www.ContinuingEducation.com or Nurse.com. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at CEDirect.ContinuingEducation.com and search for this topic title.
Relias LLC 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 #384).
384-747-19 "Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS): A More Deadly Human Coronavirus Emerges" is approved 03/30/2020 to 03/30/2022.
Relias LLC is also approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel (provider # 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 3/31/2016
Date of Most Recent Review: 10/8/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 10/8/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Derek S - Ball, LA  ·  May 08, 2020
Very informative. Thoroughly enjoyed the content.
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MARY B - Williston, ND  ·  May 03, 2020
Comparable to COVID 19 pandemic happening now.2020
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Jerilyn M - Danville, CA  ·  May 01, 2020
Very good course to read about a previous Coronavirus and how it affects humans.
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JAMES M - Williston, ND  ·  Apr 21, 2020
Found this very interesting especially considering current COVID-19 situation.
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Jamie V - Vancouver, WA  ·  Apr 14, 2020
good information about mers
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Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00